How to avoid falling for fake online reviews of healthcare providers

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

How to avoid falling for fake online reviews of healthcare providers

At least 70% of Americans use online reviews on sites like Yelp, Google, RateMDs and HealthGrades to help find healthcare providers, according to a 2020 survey from Software Advice, a consulting firm. But there’s a huge problem with that: an untold number of online reviews on these sites are fraudulent. One recent analysis of four […]

Tootling own horn: We’re featured in a new study

We love getting recognition. A new study, Help Yourself: The Rise of Online Heath Marketplaces, is a survey of several sites — including clearhealthcosts.com — that provide consumer health care information. Author Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, the well-known architect of Think-Health and the Health Populi blog, notes something that’s been on our radar for a long time: about […]

For Portland, a new medical model

Filed Under: Costs, Patients, Providers

A new entrant in the transparency marketplace is Sprig Health in Portland, Ore. Sprig’s Web site lets patients book appointments (a la ZocDoc) and also pay up front, at rates that are sometimes startlingly low to those of us who follow prices (and sometimes startlingly high). “Sprig Health offers discounted rates through a highly efficient […]