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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Wow ... what an idea!

Low cost to free for chronic conditions if you stay on meds, high cost if you take options that are less proven.

Insurers test health plans that stress patient choices - USATODAY.com:

"Workers at a Portland, Ore., steel mill soon will be able to pick a new type of insurance that offers free care for some illnesses, such as diabetes or depression, but requires hefty extra fees for treatments deemed overused, including knee replacements, hysterectomies and heart bypass surgery.

The insurance, which will be offered by five different insurers in Oregon, is the most far-reaching and potentially controversial step in an effort by employers nationally to rein in medical spending by redesigning health benefits."

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