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SocialMed: Patients 'blue book' healthcare

from MedPage Today

With the rise of high-deductible plans and growing out-of-pocket costs, more patients are doing comparison shopping with their healthcare, the way they do with electronics, cars, and other products and services. Just as patients have been comparing doctor ratings on HealthGrades.com and Vitals.com, now they can compare the costs associated with those providers and procedures as well. Sites like NewChoiceHealth.com, HealthcareBlueBook.com, and PriceDoc.com allow patients to see various medical procedure costs side-by-side. The recently launched MedicalBillExchange.com enables comparison-shopping, but also offers users a chance to earn money to pay those bills. more


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