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  • Rotten Food and the VA Hospital October 20, 2014
    by G. Keith Smith, MD Imagine for a moment that you own and operate a restaurant knowing that if you provide spoiled food and rotten service, you will subsequently make more money.  You openly employ strong-arm and intimidation tactics to …
  • Hospitals want patients to pay in advance October 17, 2014
    Hospitals are asking for payments from patients before they leave the facility so they don’t end up with unpaid bills. Knowing the costs before the procedure is important because insurance deductibles are increasing and so are procedure costs. Obamacare policies …
  • State Highlights: Mass. First To Require Health Care Price Tags; Health Disparities In Wis. October 15, 2014
    A selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Illinois, Connecticut, California, Texas, South Dakota and Pennsylvania. WBUR: Massachusetts Becomes First State To Require Price Tags For Health Care Massachusetts has launched a new era of shopping. It began last …
  • Physicians Remove Government from Medical Equation October 13, 2014
    by Gerard Gianoli, MD Doctors in Nevada and across the country are protesting against the government’s intrusion into health care, but we aren’t voicing our concerns using bullhorns and pickets. Instead, many of the state’s 5,400 physicians are protesting silently …
  • Revolutionary Idea Could Change Medicine October 10, 2014
    For those of us who get woozy when having blood drawn for routine testing, a simple pin prick may be the blood test of the future. Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO and founder of Theranos, says that her company can run …
  • Why Accountable Care Organizations Are Failing October 8, 2014
    by Richard Amerling, MD Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), a key piece of the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”) “reform” plan, are failing because they must fail. ACOs are based on faulty assumptions, poor economics, and junk science. They would not exist …

One Million Saved

MediBid Proves that the Free Market Works for Health Care

Over $1million saved in 2011.

-    MediBid.com, sometimes referred to as the “Travelocity” of healthcare, where patients place a medical request online, one time.  The needs-matching search engine targets doctors, and hospitals registered with MediBid who then bid on the case. The opportunity to shop across state lines and borders for medical care, can save patients up to 80%, all because a procedure that might be done in a hospital in one state, can be done in a doctors office in another.

-    MediBid users include the uninsured, those with high deductible health plans, Canadians on a medical waiting lists, employers who have an element of self-funding, and faith based cost sharing entities

-    The current healthcare system is dominated by third party payers who reimburse on prices set by the centers for Medicare and Medicaid services (CMS), and the American Medical Association (AMA). Prices are fixed on some 14,000 procedures, which works to prevent transparency and competition. MediBid changes this paradigm by offering complete transparency, and allowing doctors to compete across state lines.

-    A full knee replacement, which is billed at a rate of $50,000 or more can usually qualify for an insurance discount reducing the cost to $25,000. This same procedure can be done through MediBid at a cost of $10,000 in a US facility, or as low as $7,500 overseas. By allowing doctors in the US to compete on an equal playing field with overseas providers, the patient wins. MediBid harnesses the power of Domestic Medical Tourism.

-    The high overhead cost of malpractice, administration and billing insurance companies is reduced by as much as 85% for doctors and hospitals using MediBid, and these savings are passed on to patients.

-    Most commercially available health plans increase costs and increase usage and will be made worse by the Affordable Care Act of 2010, with its extra taxes on durable medical equipment, its reduced deductibles, and its medical loss ratio requirements. MediBid has proven that sustainable costs can be attained through free market for medicine, which includes price transparency and competition. In fact MediBid doctors, usually offer MediBid patients prices sometimes 50% lower than insurance discounted prices.

Since MediBid first opened its doors to patients on Jan 1, 2010, it’s saved patients $1,011,533.30, or 80.57%.

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