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More knowledgeable patients cost less to treat: study
Modern Healthcare

Patients’ grasp of treatment choices and the confidence with which they manage their health and medical care may influence healthcare spending, a newly published study said.

Patients with the highest scores on a self-reported survey of “knowledge, skills and confidence” to make healthy choices and informed medical decisions were less costly than those with the lowest scores, based on projected spending for roughly 33,610 patients in 2010, researchers wrote in the latest issue of the Health Affairs.