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CDHPs Don't Reduce Health Care: UnitedHealth

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Individuals enrolled in consumer-driven health plans get the medical care they need at rates equal to or higher than members of traditional plans, according to data released by UnitedHealth Group.

The data contradicts concerns CDHPs cause chronically ill individuals to go without needed care or healthy individuals to avoid preventive care, according to UnitedHealth, Minneapolis.

UnitedHealth, through its Definity Health business, analyzed 2004 and 2005 data for 250,000 of its CDHP members and compared it to an external, national benchmark population of 10 million traditional health plan members.

Compared to the benchmark population, CDHP members were 16% more likely to have a cervical cancer screening, 10% more likely to receive a cholesterol screening, 16% more likely to receive a prostate screening and 8% more likely to have well- child visits, according to the data. In addition, they were just as likely as the benchmark group to receive a colon cancer screening and to receive mammograms.