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Crowdsourced Search Engine For Local Healthcare Prices

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Clearity Health, a new organization created by local founders and medical doctors, has launched in Austin. The Clearity Health healthcare cost search engine will show users exactly what other patients with similar conditions have paid at local hospitals and medical offices, including information about what services may be required. Because it is powered by a crowdsourced dataset of real patient experiences, Clearity is calling for anyone who has sought care at an Austin-area facility to submit anonymized copies of their medical bills via their secure website.

Actual out of pocket healthcare costs can vary dramatically between different facilities and providers, with some patients paying more than 10 times more than others receiving similar care just blocks or miles away. Despite this, only about 3% of US patients effectively price-compare before seeking treatment. It is currently nearly impossible for everyday people to find out what others are paying for treatment from different providers, so patients often go in blind and then get surprised with large bills.  Clearity aims to change that. When a patient uploads a bill through the secure portal, they empower other others in their community with valuable information that can have a profound impact on their lives. Future patients will be able to log into Clearity, choose their condition, and browse through local providers to see what they’ve charged others for treatment.

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