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Doctors online expressed shock and dismay after realizing that patients are using Groupon deals to access medical services, such as chest CT scans and mammograms, at discount rates, according to a report by Kaiser Health News.

Such deals illustrate how broken the US healthcare system is, according to Paul Ketchel, CEO and founder of MDsave, a site that offers discount-priced vouchers on bundled medical treatments and services.

That said, after their initial astonishment over the deals wore off, some doctors noted that the discounts were actually pretty good.

“Whether or not a person may philosophically agree that medicine is a business, it is a market,” Steven Howard, who runs Saint Louis Universitys health administration program, told KHN.

Saw 3 pts in clinic for abnormal chest CTs BOUGHT ON GROUPON.

Evolution of my thoughts:
-What the $@&#? (*Google it*)
-hm actually priced pretty reasonably ?
-jeez if I ever need testing Im going w/ Groupon, prob cheaper than insurance ?‍♀️

US healthcare is bonkers

— Nicole Herbst (@NicoleHerbst2) August 25, 2019

The deals—which have actually been around for years—cover things like elective medical services, dental work, eye care, and preventative scans, such as mammograms. Theyre often used by people who do not have health insurance or have limited coverage. Still, some insured patients turn to them for cost-saving deals, more pricing transparency, and control over their healthcare bills. Without the coupons, the same services provided by some hospitals and providers can have wildly varied pricing, which can be nearly impossible to estimate in adRead More – Source