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.
Jeanne Pinder is the founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts. She worked at The New York Times for almost 25 years as a reporter, editor and human resources executive, then volunteered for a buyout and founded ClearHealthCosts.
She was previously a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Columbia University School of Journalism. ClearHealthCosts has won grants from the Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York; the International Women’s Media Foundation; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC in Los Angeles; the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia for a partnership with The Philadelphia Inquirer; and the New York State Health Foundation for a partnership with WNYC public radio/Gothamist in New York; and other honors.
Her TED talk about fixing health costs has surpassed 2 million views.