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Clearity promises to establish true accountability in healthcare and give control back to patients with this cost information, all while resolutely ensuring the protection of the privacy of all uploaders.
FREMONT, CA: Clearity Health, a new organization created by successful local founders and medical doctors, has been launched in Austin. Its namesake healthcare cost search engine will show users precisely how much other patients with similar conditions have paid at local hospitals and medical offices, as well as details about what services could be needed. Clearity is asking anyone who has sought treatment at an Austin-area facility to send anonymized copies of their medical bills through their safe website because it is driven by a crowdsourced dataset of real patient experiences. Clearity promises to establish true accountability in healthcare and give control back to patients with this cost information, all while resolutely ensuring the protection of the privacy of all uploaders.
"I had to have my appendix out, and even though I had no complications and left the same day, I was surprised by nearly $70,000 in bills, most of them from the hospital facility itself. Over the course of a year spent fighting those bills, I was shocked to learn about vastly different costs for the same services at different hospitals. If I'd have known what each hospital charged for my procedure, I might have gone to a different facility and saved thousands of dollars and weeks of time and stress.
I started Clearity to give people the transparency in healthcare costs that I wish I'd had," stated Albert K, Clearity Co-Founder and CTO
Actual out-of-pocket healthcare costs can vary significantly between hospitals and services, with some patients spending more than ten times as much as those receiving comparable treatment just blocks or miles away. Despite this, only about 3 percent of patients in the United States effectively price-compare before seeking care. Since it is actually almost impossible for ordinary people to learn what others are paying for care from various providers, patients often go in blind and are then surprised with huge bills.
Clarity plans to change that. When a patient uploads a bill through the safe portal, they provide useful information to people in their group that can have a significant effect on their lives. Future patients simply log into Clearity, choose their condition, and search for nearby providers to see what they've paid others for care.