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High deductibles mean less medical care for lower-income families, survey finds
Los Angeles Times

Lower-income families with high-deductible insurance policies are more likely to delay or forego medical care because of cost than higher-income families, reported a study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

The findings are not surprising. But coming at a time when policymakers are working to keep healthcare costs down and outcomes up — calibrating insurance plans to motivate consumers to be choosier about the medical services they purchase, yet still seek enough care to remain healthy — the results could yield useful ideas, the researchers wrote.