High-deductible health plans and major cardiovascular outcomes

In the first study to examine the association between high out-of-pocket costs and adverse cardiovascular events, research led by the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute finds that individuals with cardiovascular disease risk factors who switched to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) did not experience increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The study, "Association Between Switching to a High-deductible Health Plan and Major Cardiovascular Outcomes" appears in JAMA Network Open on July 24.