In a video of his appearance at the June TedMed conference, he made these points:
- People with high-deductible plans and health savings accounts are saving money and not spending it on basic health care.
- Mammography rates, cervical cancer screening rates, colonoscopy screening and diabetes testing are all lower in people in those plans, than in the general population.
- More than 50 percent of people over 50 don’t have colonoscopies.
- Co-payments turn out to be deterrents for some people: major employers are removing co-pays so they will have a healthier work force.
- Major employers are also paying people to get basic health care (wellness plans) to get basic testing done.
The 13-minute video is worth a watch. It’s also interesting if you think about the differences in prices for lab tests — it’s one of the most interesting places to look for disparities between what is charged and what is actually paid. We’ve written about crazy lab test charges before, here, and there’s an essay about this topic here from our friends at costsofcare.org.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.