Study scrutinizes health savings accounts
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The study says high-deductible health savings accounts won't likely curb overall spending because they don't increase out-of-pocket expenses for the people who use the most medical services.
Jamie Court is with the non-profit Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights. He says health savings accounts aren't the answer.
Court: The biggest problem we have in the system is the uninsured people who go to the emergency room, cause they don't have access to a primary care doctor, and they get very sick, and that's where they're treated. And that's where the big costs are. And healthcare savings accounts don't address that problem.
Still, supporters maintain health savings accounts can reduce costs and make health insurance more available. Some three-million Americans are enrolled in such plans. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.
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