AUSTIN, TX, April 27, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Clearity Health, a new organization created by successful founders and local physicians, is launching today in Austin. Its namesake healthcare cost search engine will show users exactly what other patients with similar conditions have paid at local hospitals and doctor’s offices, including information about services that may be needed. Because it is powered by a crowdsourced dataset of real patient experiences, Clearity appeals to anyone who has sought care in a Austin-the region’s facility to submit anonymized copies of their medical bills through their secure website. With this cost information, Clearity promises to create true transparency in healthcare and empower patients while steadfastly protecting the privacy of all downloaders.
“I had to have my appendix removed, and although I had no complications and left the same day, I was surprised by almost $70,000 in invoices, most of which come from the hospital itself. In a year of battling these bills, I was shocked to learn of the vastly different costs for the same services at different hospitals. If I had known what each hospital was charging for my procedure, I could have gone to another facility and saved thousands of dollars and weeks of time and stress. I started Clearity to give people the transparency of healthcare costs that I wish I had.” – Albert K, Co-Founder and CTO of Clearity
Actual direct health care costs can vary widely between different facilities and providers, with some patients paying more than 10 times more than others receiving similar care a few blocks or miles away. Despite this, only about 3% of US patients actually shop around before seeking treatment. It is currently almost impossible for ordinary people to know what others are paying for treatment from different providers, so patients often go blind and are then surprised by large bills.
Clearity aims to change that. When a patient downloads a bill through the secure portal, they give other members of their community valuable information that can have a profound impact on their life. Prospective patients simply log on to Clearity, choose their state, and browse local providers to see what they’ve charged others for treatment.
By sharing old medical bills with www.clearityhealth.com/fight-backeveryone can help make true transparency in healthcare a reality.
SOURCE Clarity Health