Outsourcing help on health costs

Filed Under: Costs, Patients

Two health-care cost resources came across our radar today.

OffYourDesk.net announces  “Dealing with health insurance paperwork can be frustrating and time-consuming, so why not let us do it?  We’ll handle every aspect of your health insurance claims, so you get the maximum reimbursement you deserve quickly, easily and pain-free.” It costs $195 a year, or $65 a month.

Ongoing maintenance, catchup plans and so on are offered. The site does note: “The amount of reimbursement you receive for claims depends on many factors beyond Off Your Desk’s control; Off Your Desk will pursue accurate reimbursement on your behalf, but is not responsible for the ultimate amount of reimbursement you receive.”

AskCh from change:healthcare says it’s “a one-of-a-kind healthcare tool. Send a healthcare cost or definition question in the proper format, and receive the answer with a link to find detailed information!” The information must be sent by Twitter in the stylized format the site requests; it didn’t work for me because AskCh wasn’t following me on Twitter. Sigh.

Change:healthcare is a company that offers cost information to employees of its client companies, mostly apparently self-insured organizations; since we’re not a member, we can’t see the prices they offer.  Their web site says: “Employers and their employees bear the brunt of runaway cost. Imagine buying something really expensive without the luxury of knowing the actual price? Healthcare consumerism requires knowing the cost of what you are buying today or in the future.”

And as a final freebie, 30 ways to save on health-care costs, by the Kiplinger letter.