HCFO Grantee Findings featured in Portland Business Journal Article on Consumer-Directed Health Plans

Publication Date: 
July 9, 2008

Findings from a HCFO-sponsored study led by Judith H. Hibbard, Dr.P.H., professor at the University of Oregon, were highlighted in the July 9, 2008 Portland Business Journal article, "Problems found with consumer-directed health plans." The article discusses whether the underlying assumptions of consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs) are true. Jessica Greene, Ph.D., assistant professor at the University of Oregon and a member of the research team notes, "We did not see more use of health information, higher generic drug use or more comparison shopping in terms of diagnostic tests as predicted by proponents. What we did see was that people were two to three times more likely to drop off drugs that treat certain chronic illnesses."