Author Archives: seandparnell

Tips on saving money when paying for health care

A few weeks ago I ran across an article in Woman’s Day titled ‘22 Ways to Save on Health Care’ that I thought would be helpful to self-pay patients, including not only those who are uninsured but also anybody with … Continue reading

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PricePain.com providing real prices for medical visits and procedures

A few days ago I found PricePain.com, a relatively new online service that allows people to find the cost of a visit to a doctor, retail health clinic, or other provider near them, as well as the prices of procedures they … Continue reading

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ABC News reports on medical tourism

Last week ABC News had a feature on medical tourism. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this concept, it simply means travelling away from your home area to have a procedure performed, usually done for cost reasons but sometimes … Continue reading

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NeedyMeds, a one-stop source for prescription drug savings

Saving money on prescription drugs is important to everyone, but especially self-pay patients who don’t have coverage for their medicines or who have high deductibles. I’ve mentioned a couple of options in the past, including the $4 generic drugs programs offered by most major … Continue reading

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What are Obamcare enrollee Chad Henderson’s options as a self-pay patient?

Last week was the opening of the Obamcare exchanges, and not surprisingly there was a lot of media coverage surrounding it. One story that caught my attention was the media coverage of Chad Henderson of Georgia, a 21-year old part-time college student … Continue reading

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Fundraising for medical expenses – an option for self-pay patients, but not the best

One of the things I’ve had to clarify for a few people who have asked me about my blog and my upcoming book is that I’m not opposed to people having some form of insurance or insurance-like coverage to cover … Continue reading

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Deal of a lifetime offered by direct primary care practice in Kansas

Obamacare’s exchanges weren’t the only thing in the health care world opening earlier this week on October 1. Little noticed in all the media circus was a direct primary care practice in Lawrence, Kansas with a deal for self-pay patients … Continue reading

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An auction for medical procedures? MediBid breaks new ground in healthcare

I’ve mentioned MediBid in the past, but I don’t know that I’ve ever explained what it is or how it works. Which is a major oversight on my part, because they’re one of the most innovative companies around catering to self-pay patients, … Continue reading

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Obamacare exchanges open today – do you really have to buy it?

Today is the day the exchanges established under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, are scheduled to open. Whether that strikes you as good news or bad news, or a mix of both, there’s little … Continue reading

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The Health Co-Op – bundling self-pay services for health sharing ministry

Earlier this month I wrote about Connect2Docs, a company that has bundled telemedicine, health screening, bill negotiation, and a drug discount card into one package, which offers great value to self-pay patients, particularly the uninsured but also those with high-deductible … Continue reading

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