Dispatch Health

A new movement for on-demand urgent care is sweeping through Colorado.  It’s called Dispatch Health.  Dispatch Health will come to your home and treat you in the event of the need for urgent care.  They take most insurances, or you can just pay cash.  You avoid spending time in waiting rooms with other people who might have contagious infections, and you save money!  Learn more here.




Four Apps that Every Healthcare Consumer Should Know About

  1. Healthiest You
    Healthiest You is an application that every healthcare consumer should have, especially if you have an insurance plan with a high deductible. Here are the highlights:
    a.) Offers $0 Copay, 24 X 7 access, to board certified Teladoc networked healthcare providers for non-emergent medical care such as treatment for sore throat, upper respiratory disease, pink eye, urinary tract infections, and so much more.  This service claims to be able to treat 70% of issues that you would otherwise have to visit a PCP or urgent care center for, saving you time and hundreds of dollars.
    b.) Provides a “radar” map in which you can find doctors, veterinarians, pharmacies and clinics near you.
    c.)  Provides a tool for comparing Rx costs among pharmacies, so cash payers can always find the best price for their prescriptions.  In many cases, competing pharmacies may even be able to beat your health insurance co-payment.
    d.) Syncs with your current health insurance plan to help you track deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, and find healthcare providers that network with your plan.
    e.)  Provides a tool to help you determine the approximate out-of-pocket costs for high cost procedures such as imaging and surgery.
    f.)  Provides a place to store you and your family’s medical history information, so it is easy to find at the touch of a button.
  2. 2nd.MD
    2nd.MD provides direct access to leading medical specialists for personalized second opinions via video or phone.
  3. CareZone
    CareZone helps subscribers manage their health or the health of a family member with tools for managing medications, contacts, files, journals, calendars, to-do’s and more.
  4. Pillsy
    Pillsy is smart container technology and a mobile app that makes it easier to manage medications, vitamins, supplements and other pills.

Cash and Direct Pay Friendly Practices

I’ve been following the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons for some time now.  Today, while perusing through their site, I came across this handy list of cash and direct pay friendly practices!  This is by far the most comprehensive list I have come across, and it even includes specialty care too.  To date, there are 1008 healthcare providers on the list, which is by default, sorted by state.  If you have high deductible insurance, this could be a good place to shop for care, especially if your deductible is causing you to delay care.