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Empowered Employees: Employers are key to true Consumer-directed Health Care Reform

https://www.wsj.com/articles/some-middlemen-reduce-health-care-costs-11559241151

https://www.wsj.com/articles/cut-out-the-medical-middlemen-11558294424?mod=article_inline

https://www.activatehealthcare.com/about-us/news/paladina-health-acquires-activate-healthcare-to-amplify-impact-of-primary-care-nationwide

Can employees benefit directly financially from employer-funded health care programs? If so, let’s discuss the evidence.

Companies like Activate (above) sell Direct Primary Care products to their employer clients. These are claimed to be cost-effective to the employer’s bottom line.

However, we must do better. Health care funding products should incentivize patients (consumers) to make cost-effective health care choices when evaluating and shopping for their health care. Are there “insurance” products available to employers which reward employees immediately and directly when they make (prudent) health care choices? What, in addition to funding patient controlled HSAs and HRAs, are employers willing to do to reward their employees (patients) when they seek out cost-effective medical care?
If employers see employee empowerment as being in their business interest (and we think it clearly is), this will be a boon to independent medical practices who (by definition) in providing personalized care seek to reduce health care costs by helping their patients to know and compare (whenever practical or feasible) real time health care prices for their medical care services and products (including medications).

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