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We got to watch a community member learn how to shop for health care in real time the other day, when our partners over at NOLA.com I The Times-Picayune were doing a Facebook Live.

She came in in the comments, saying, “I pay my insurance over $500 a month. My out of pocket after my surgery was OUTRAGEOUS!!!!!!”

Then she added: “Tomorrow I’m going for an MRI and I have BCBS. What should I do if I find it’s costly for me out of pocket?”
I answered: “You can go to the PriceCheck tool and search for the procedure,” and added the hotlink.

Then I wrote: “Also, here’s an article I wrote for the Cracking the Code partners. (I’m the founder of ClearHealthCosts, which is the third partner on Cracking the Code),” and added the hotlink.

She replied: “Jeanne Pinder Thank you.”

And then added: “Thanks for sharing this……now I am educated more on my MRI and procedure.You guys rock!”

Others chimed in: “Thank YOU for exposing these frauds!”

And “This is so awful how they take advantage of us like this. I thought there were people who watch these sort of pricing.”

And “Thank U for putting together this much needed website. Wish it was avail for all communities!”

Jeanne Pinder

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...