From around the web, a slew of publicity about startups and young companies working to address the rising costs of health care:
Our friend Susan Nicholas, head of Docpons, won a pitch contest in California a few days ago. Congratulations, Susan! Docpons, a Groupon for medical services, is based in Atlanta, and Susan — an MD, MBA holder — is an entrepreneur to watch.
A second story: “Save On Medical announces the launch of its new social media promotion that informs followers of daily deals and cash-pay discounts through Twitter and Facebook. It is now even easier for patients to know about the latest promotions and cheapest cash-pay prices offered in their area.” via PR Newswire Save On Medical Updates Patients on Daily Deals and Cash-Pay Promotions with Social Media.
And a third: “A small, emerging online service called MediBid is creating an actual market that puts doctors together with patients who need care.” — John Goodman, via Townhall.com, “Can Health Care Be Bought and Sold on eBay?”
They join our old friends Pricedoc, FaircareMD, and others disrupting health care. They’re all about different ways to buy: outside of the now-traditional provider, payer, patient relationship involving insurance companies, third-party payers and opacity.
Take these services out for a test drive, and tell us what you think.