Healthcare Market Resource

Healthcare Market Resource

The following is a partial list of providers, facilities, web sites, and other companies and organizations that are especially helpful to self-pay patients.

Self-Pay Bundles

Some sites have a number of different services that cater to self-pay patients, either ‘bundled’ for sale as a single product or able to be accessed from their web site (The Self-Pay Patient blog would be the ultimate bundle, of course!). Companies and sites that do this are listed here, and are in many cases also listed under the individual services they provide.

247DocRx

Connect2Docs

The Health Co-Op

NeedyMeds

MedTipster

Cash-only and cash-friendly physicians

Doctors that don’t accept insurance and who ask to be paid at the time of service are usually less expensive than doctors who accept insurance. In addition, some doctors who do take insurance will discount their prices for self-pay patients.

Association of American Physicians & Surgeons

DocCost

PricePain

Sprig Health (Oregon & Washington State)

SimpleCare

 MDSave

Hospitals/Surgery Centers

Most hospitals charge wildly inflated rates to self-pay patients, typically 3-5 times what an insurer would pay. Finding a hospital or surgery center that offers up-front package pricing is crucial to avoiding these overcharges.

Surgery Center of Oklahoma

Good Shepard Medical Center (Longview, TX)

No Insurance Surgery (Las Vegas, NV)

Oklahoma Heart Hospital

Thyroid Surgery Center of Texas

Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI)

Tucson Medical Center

Surgery Center Network

Daytime Outpatient Surgical Center (Dallas, TX)

Regency Healthcare

HealthCare Sharing Organizations

Sharing organizations are voluntary associations of people who agree to share medical bills between them, similar to insurance. They are typically less expensive than conventional health insurance, and members are exempt from paying the Obamacare tax for being uninsured.

Christian Care Ministry

Samaritan Ministries

Christian Healthcare Ministries

Liberty HealthShare

The Health Co-Op

Altrua HealthShare 

Medical Tourism

Traveling outside of your home area for medical treatment can offer big savings over local providers who aren’t willing to charge reasonable prices to self-pay patients, or where overseas providers are just less expensive.

Domestic

MediBid

North American Surgery

International

Planet Hospital

AllMedicalTourism.com

World Med Assist

MedRetreat

BajaMed

MedtoGo

Patients Beyond Borders

Medical Tourism International

Costa Rica Health Travel Services

Medical Travel Associates

Exquisite Medical Tours

Healthcare Abroad

Telemedicine

Many visits to a doctor’s office can be avoided by getting a doctor on the phone, e-mailing them, or connecting with them via a video connection. This can mean relatively quick and inexpensive access to care.

Womens TeleHealth

Connect2Docs

Complete Healthcare Concierge

The Health Co-Op

AmeriDoc

Consult a Doctor

1st Care MD

Teladoc

CallMD

AmericanWell

247DocRx

TeleMedicine

Direct Primary Care & Concierge Practices

Many doctors have set up practices that offer nearly unlimited access to primary care for a modest monthly fee, called Direct Primary Care Practices. Concierge practices typically are more expensive and work with insurance, and offer much better access to care and extra services.

Direct Primary Care Coalition

American Acadamy of Private Physicians

MDVIP

MedLion

Qliance (Pacific Northwest)

Convenient Care Clinics

Typically staffed by well-educated Nurse Practitioners or Physician Assistants, these clinics are located in easy to access locations, offering basic care, transparent pricing, and often a lower cost than a visit to the doctor.

Healthcare 311

Careworks (Pennsylvania)

Minute Clinic

Aurora Quickcare Clinics (Wisconsin)

RediClinic (Texas)

Take Care Clinic (Walgreens, 18 states)

The Little Clinic (Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennesse)

ShopKo Fastcare (upper Midwest, Great Plains, West)

Target Clinic (Target, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina and Virginia)

Prescription Drugs

Prescription medications are a vital part of treating many illnesses and injuries, and can be very expensive. The resources listed below offer a variety of ways to save money on prescription drug costs.

Chain Drugstore Discount/Saving Programs

Walmart

Walgreens

Target

Rite Aid

CVS

Costco

Prescription Drug Price Comparison Tools

GoodRx

Rx Price Quotes

WeRx

MedTipster

Prescription Drug Discount Cards & Coupons

247DocRx

Connect2Docs

The Health Co-Op

Needy Meds

Familywize

Together Rx Access

Coast to Coast Rx Card

Your Rx Card

The Healthcare Alliance

MedTipster

Medication Coupons

LowRx

Prescription Drug Assistance Programs

Needy Meds

Prescription Assistance Program

Rx Assist

Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Together Rx Access

State Pharmaceutical Assistance Programs

Rx Hope

The Rx Connection

FreeMed Programs

Health Apps

Innovative technology companies are developing apps for mobile devices that can help self-pay patients save money, stick with their treatments, and achieve improved health.

Prescription Drug Adherence Tools

MedSimple

Rxmindme

MyMeds

MedsAgenda

MyMedSchedule

WebMD

Prescription Drug Price Comparison Tools

Lowest Med

LowRx

Accident, Critical Illness, Fixed-Benefit, Short Term Insurance

There are a number of alternative insurance products that can be effective substitutes for conventional health insurance. The companies below are among those that offer these alternatives.

eHealth

AFLAC

American Fidelity Assurance Company

Assurant Health

Humana

Reserve National

Golden Rule

Mutual of Omaha

Labs, Screenings, & Imaging

Like prescription drugs, modern medicine relies on lab tests, advanced imaging like MRIs, and health screenings. Getting them at your local hospital is almost always the most expensive option, the links below will show you how to save money on these services.

Imaging Services

Save On Medical

Sprig Health (Oregon & Washington)

Laboratory Services

First Choice Labs USA

True Health Labs

Sprig Health (Oregon & Washington)

Save On Labs

EconoLab$

MedTipster

Medical Loans

Among the many alternatives to conventional health insurance to paying for care, there are companies out there that will lend money to patients. Probably not the best option, but it is an option.

LightStream

United Medical Credit

MedicalFinancing.com

MyMedicalLoan

Med Loan Finance

Medical Bill Negotiators

Medical bills, especially from hospitals, can be confusing, riddled with errors, and wildly inflated. Working with medical bill negotiators is a great way to get the amount owed reduced, often dramatically.

Connect2Docs

The Health Co-Op

My Medical Negotiator

Medical Cost Advocate

Medical Bill Mediation

CoPatient

Healthcare Price Transparency

There are a number of web sites that allow people to find out what insurers, government programs, or others are paying for health care, and other sites that allow doctors to post their prices for all to see. The sites below can be a good starting point for finding out what typical prices are for many health care treatments.

Pricing Healthcare

Healthcare Blue Book

Clear Health Costs

Prescription Blue Book

Fair Health

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