A new study finds that when it comes the health care system, people are just as happy to pay a higher price for care as they are to pay less.
According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, patients pay $2,300 for the same treatment in the first year of care as people pay for the service they receive in the next year.
That’s the difference between getting the same result for less money and getting the exact same result at a lower price.
When it came to the other side of the ledger, however, it’s the people who get care for the first time who pay the highest price.
The researchers found that patients who were enrolled in a Medicare Advantage plan were more likely to get the same results for less than $3,000 a year than those who were not enrolled.
The difference in cost was even larger when it came the next step in the process, which was waiting for a doctor to see a patient and getting treatment.
“Medicare Advantage plans are generally viewed as more expensive than traditional Medicaid,” says Jessica Rinaldi, a senior researcher at the Kaiser Health Tracking Project who led the research.
“But the reason people get insurance is because they need it.
And they pay less out of pocket than they do for the care they get.”
The Kaiser study found that Medicare Advantage plans were more affordable than Medicaid and CHIP plans.
It also found that when Medicare Advantage participants had a health condition or other problem in the past, they were more than twice as likely to say they’d be willing to pay more for care if they knew a doctor would see them in the future.
“These findings underscore the need for more research into whether patients should pay more or less for their health care if it’s a matter of survival,” says Rinaldan.
The study also found no difference in care satisfaction between Medicare Advantage and Medicaid plans, meaning that people who are paying less for care don’t necessarily want to see their condition treated.
But when it was time for the next phase of the care process, the Kaiser researchers asked participants whether they were willing to make up the difference.
The answers were mixed.
About half of Medicare Advantage enrollees were willing and able to pay $3 to $4 more a year for the health condition, but the difference was smaller than the difference for people enrolled in the CHIP program.
When the researchers asked those enrollees to explain their reasons for paying more for their care, almost half of those who opted for Medicare Advantage said that it was for a health benefit.
In fact, about half of enrollees said they would pay more if they could.
But the survey also found more than 50 percent of those participants who said they were paying more were willing, and about half said they could see a doctor for free or at a reduced cost if they had a problem.
That could explain why many people say they’re paying more, and also why they’re not satisfied with the health insurance they’re receiving, Rinaldin says.
The survey was based on more than 200,000 Medicare Advantage patients who had enrolled in plans from December 2010 to December 2011.
The Kaiser Health tracking project, a joint project between the Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, Irvine, is a nationwide research initiative designed to provide a baseline for assessing the health of the American public and to help inform health care policy.
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