Announcing the launch of the Self-Pay Healthcare Market

When I started The Self-Pay Patient blog, one of my main goals was to be a source of information for the uninsured, Americans with high-deductible health insurance, or anybody else who had to pay out of their own pocket for any of their healthcare needs. As I’ve noted in the past, there’s lots of great information out there that’s helpful to self-pay patients, but it’s scattered across literally thousands of different web sites – The Self-Pay Patient was conceived as a ‘one-stop’ source for this information, saving people the time and hassle of having to track down all of the information themselves and make sense of it.

By now, some readers of this blog may have figured out the problem with this approach. At this point, I’ve probably featured or mentioned on my blog hundreds of different health care providers, facilities, services, organizations, and web sites that cater to self-pay patients. Who wants to scroll through every one of my blog posts to try to find one or two links that might be helpful to any one person at any one time? The ‘categories’ listing on the right can help cut that down a little, but it’s still not the easiest way to find the information you need.

So, I decided to launch what I’m calling the Self-Pay Healthcare Market listing all of the providers, facilities, services, organizations, and web sites I’ve featured or mentioned in past blog posts (at least I hope it’s all of them – I may have missed a few, please let me know if you see one I need to add!), plus a few others I know about, conveniently organized by category. 

It will hopefully be easy enough to figure out each category (or subcategory in some cases), and quickly find whatever it is you’re looking for. So rather than having to go through every post I’ve written on critical illness policies, for example, hoping to find the names and links to companies that sell these types of policies, you should be able just to scroll down the Self-Pay Healthcare Market page to the ‘Critical Illness, Accident, Fixed Benefit Insurance’ section and find links the companies I’m aware of that sell these policies.

One thing I want to mention before I get to several notes, explanations, and caveats for visitors to the Self-Pay Healthcare Market. I’ve been looking for opportunities to get compensated for some of the work I’ve put into this blog, and have been contacted by several companies and organizations about advertising on or sponsoring The Self-Pay Patient blog.

I’m pleased to say that I’ve been able to sign a few of them on as either advertisers or Site Sponsors, so in the coming weeks you’ll probably begin to see some ads appearing on this site as well as some links in the Self-Pay Healthcare Market that stand out from the others. In all cases the advertisers and Site Sponsors will be readily identifiable, in the interest of transparency.

This rather modest revenue will allow me to continue to put the time into making The Self-Pay Patient blog a resource for every American who needs to pay for some or all of their healthcare out of their own pockets, whether uninsured, with a high-deductible health insurance plan, or anybody else. You don’t have to visit the sites of my advertisers or buy their products and services of course, but I hope you’ll at least consider them.

Here are a few additional notes regarding the Self-Pay Healthcare Market that readers and users might find helpful:

  1. Yes, the page looks terrible. This is what happens when you let someone like me, for whom drawing stick figures in kindergarten was the pinnacle of their artistic career, put together a page like this. The good news is, I am working with a professional web designer to get the Self-Pay Healthcare Market page looking halfway decent, and hope to launch a new, improved version in the next few weeks.
  2. The category ‘Self-Pay Bundles’ refers to companies and organizations that offer healthcare services for self-pay patients that include several categories. In those cases, they are listed in the Self-Pay Bundles category as well as the categories that they offer services in.
  3. At this time, I’m unfortunately unable to offer links directly to the individual doctor’s offices that I’ve featured here – doing so would clutter up the Self-Pay Healthcare Market page way too much! At some point down the road I hope to be able to do this though.
  4. The companies, facilities, organizations, and sites found in the Self-Pay Healthcare Market are by no means all-inclusive – they’re just the ones I’ve gotten around to mentioning at some point since the blog launched back in August, or have otherwise run across. If you know of others that I should be adding, please let me know by sending an e-mail to selfpaypatient [a]
  5. The fact that someone is listed in the Self-Pay Healthcare Market should not be taken as an endorsement by me of them, or to suggest that they are superior in quality to anybody not listed there. Just like in any other market, individual self-pay patients should do their homework and make sure that they’re dealing with providers and entities that will meet their needs.
  6. No, you don’t have to advertise or become a Site Sponsor to be listed in the Self-Pay Healthcare Market – in fact, almost all of the companies listed aren’t (it would be nice if they were, however!). If I know about them, I’ll list them – it’s that simple.

I hope the information provided at the Self-Pay Healthcare Market will be helpful to all self-pay patients, if you have any questions, comments, thoughts, or suggestions about how to improve it please let me know by dropping me an e-mail at selfpaypatient [a]

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