New Crowdsourcing Platform Can Save You Money on Medical Bills

September 25, 2012 By IdeaConnection

The crowd is smart and innovative. And it can be resourceful too, helping you to save money.

The costs of health-care are often a huge burden to households in the US, especially when there’s an unforeseen injury or illness.

Hoping to help people keep hold of more of their money and shed some light on medical costs is a website called Clear Health Costs that lets users know what others are paying for medical treatment.

The crowdsourced platform encourages people to provide details of the costs of their treatments and the practices where they received their care.

Visitors to the site can easily see the lowest and highest amounts paid for a particular treatment, such as teeth fillings, a mammogram, MRI scans and cardio stress tests and the addresses of the providers. They are also shown price discrepancies between different health centers.

Money Savings and Transparency

Such a price comparison website should save citizens the burden of paying unnecessary amounts for medical bills as the power of the crowd brings transparency to the health-care sector.

According to the Clear Health Costs website, “All of us is smarter than one of us. By sharing information, we can illuminate some of these dark corners, and we will all be better off.”

The website also has information about the health-care marketplace and advice for people on the purchase of medical treatment.

Currently Health Care Costs is just focused on the New York City area.

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