Patient Power in Indiana

Starting next year, 90 percent of Indiana state workers will be covered by a consumer-driven plan with low premiums and high out-of-pocket expenses for actual care… [Governor Mitch Daniels] and other Indiana officials say… their plan has already reduced the state’s overall health benefit costs by more than 10 percent, and furthermore, that subscribers have few complaints — only 2 percent have switched back to a traditional plan…

According to a 2010 analysis by the Mercer consulting firm, Indiana employees on the consumer-driven plan had fewer emergency room and doctors’ office visits than their counterparts in the traditional plan, and they opted more often for cheaper generic drugs.

Full article on Indiana’s version of consumer-driven health care.

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  1. Ken says:

    Mitch Daniels is probably the best governor in the country.

  2. Vicki says:

    I agree with Ken. He would make a great president.

  3. Devon Herrick says:

    Every governor, state and county official needs follow Indiana’s lead. Health plans for state and local government are among the most expensive in the country. Workers will slow the growth in medical spending if they have the incentive to do so. They will also experience better care when they have more control over the dollars that pays for their day-to-day care.

  4. Brian says:

    Let’s hope this works in Indiana.