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Patch – Roswell : “Three Roswell Physicians and HealthGate Join Forces to Lower Consumer Out-of-Pocket Costs” by Ann Warren Wednesday, 5/1/2013
Atlanta Journal-Constitution : “Push for Price Transparency in Health Care” by David Markiewicz Sunday, 3/03/2013
NorthFulton.com : “: “Healthcare IT Aggregator Launches Website in Alpharetta” by Aldo Nahed Monday, 2/18/2013
Patch – Alpharetta : “Board-Certified Alpharetta Doctors and Specialists Partner with HealthGate.com” by Wendy Alpine Friday, 2/15/2013
Neighborhood Newspapers : “HealthGate Offers Savings, Video Bios” by Staff Friday, 2/08/2013
ABC News Affiliate WSB-TV Investigation Shows inconsistency in Hospital Procedure Pricing
New Online Company Offers Pricing Transparency and Value
ATLANTA In the current environment of soaring health insurance deductibles and co-pays and consumers having to pay a bigger piece of employer-sponsored plans, an investigative report by ABC News affiliate WSB TV uncovered a huge discrepancy in hospital procedure pricing.
In a special report aired last Wednesday, Channel 2 Action News called 10 local hospitals to ask for the price of a simple procedure: a non-contrast brain MRI. The reporter got more than ten estimates, ranging from $300 to nearly $13,000. Several hospitals gave different prices for the same procedure.
While the executive director of the Georgia Hospital Association, Glenn Pearson, said healthcare financing is “complicated and hospitals are trying to become more responsive,” the report suggested an alternative, available solution: upfront pricing and complete transparency of medical costs.
A new company in Georgia called HealthGate is an online shopping site for healthcare where consumers get the complete price of a procedure upfront, from board certified providers, and with 25 to 75 percent savings.
“HealthGate works through the collaborative partnerships we have with Atlanta’s leading healthcare providers,” says Tanya Mack, HealthGate president, “Our board certified medical partners pass along savings to our members through select procedures and services offered daily. Clear pricing with no hidden costs, intended to help consumers with out-of–pocket expenses.”
For more information on HealthGate, go to www.healthgate.com. To see the entire WSB TV story: Click here.
HealthGate.com Gives Back to Those Who Give Through Do Good Get Rewards
HealthGate board-certified providers donate 107 health services to Atlanta’s volunteers
Alpharetta, GA (April 22, 2013) – HealthGate.com, an online resource that helps the insured and non-insured lower out-of-pocket expenses for medical, health, dental and beauty services, today announced it will support Atlanta’s volunteers through Do Good Get Rewards, whereby 14 of its health providers will donate health services to local volunteers. Atlantans will have access to 107 different services and procedures, and can view all available offers at HealthGate.com. HealthGate is working with Do Good Get Rewards to celebrate and recognize those in the local community who give generously of their time.
HealthGate will begin its charitable relationship with Do Good Get Rewards during National Volunteer Week by participating in “Meet the Non-Profits, Discover How Easy It Is to Make a Difference,” on Wednesday, April 24th from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Click here for more information on National Volunteer Week.
“We applaud Atlanta’s volunteers and want to honor them by giving back to those who give,” said Tanya Mack, HealthGate president. “To do this, our health providers are donating more than one hundred medical services at 100 percent to volunteers in need. With rising out-of-pocket healthcare costs, we encourage all who volunteer here in Atlanta to take advantage of these donated services with some of metro Atlanta’s most recognized doctors and specialists.”
Tammy Allen, CEO of Do Good Get Rewards, said “HealthGate.com is a welcome addition to our network. The quality of medical services that HealthGate’s providers are offering is really amazing, all by Board-certified doctors and specialists. We are delighted to offer our dedicated volunteers this high caliber level of rewards.”
Starting National Volunteer Week, Atlantans registered with Do Good Get Rewards will have the opportunity to claim these HealthGate offers. To be eligible, any Georgia resident must first register as a volunteer with one of the hundreds of non-profits associated with Do Good Get Rewards. Second, volunteers register as a member of Do Good Get Rewards. Once they join, consumers can view and claim the offers available based on the amount of hours they volunteer. Some of the donated services include pediatric allergy testing, a pain management package and 3D/4D ultrasound.
Health insurance programs have coverge gaps. HealthGate helps Atlantans reduce out-of-pocket healthcare costs with savings of 25 to 75 percent for top quality care from board-certified doctors and specialists. For insured and uninsured families alike, HealthGate offers allergy testing and rush-rapid treatments, natural weight-loss programs, sports and travel physicals, well women exams, wisdom tooth extraction and more. Visit www.HealthGate.com for procedure details, provider videos and the convenience of online access to top healthcare professionals.
About Do Good Get Rewards
Do Good Get Rewards is a volunteer rewards program. The free service provides an opportunity for non-profit organizations to demonstrate appreciation for their volunteers. Volunteers earn points for hours served and spend them on anything from healthcare services to trips to deals at their favorite restaurants and more. For more information, visit www.DoGoodGetRewards.com.
About HealthGate, LLC
HealthGate, LLC, an Alpharetta-based company, is an online healthcare resource that provides savings for out-of-pocket healthcare costs and direct access to board-certified doctors and specialists, a variety of services and innovative products covering medicine, health, dentistry and beauty. In the spirit of community goodwill, many HealthGate providers also give back by donating selected procedures and services. HealthGate’s primary mission is to provide pricing transparency and selection ease to directly link top, local healthcare professionals to consumers to fulfill healthcare needs. For more information, please visit www.HealthGate.com
Top Board-Certified Doctors and Specialists in Atlanta Partner with HealthGate.com to Offer Savings and Free Procedures
Patients are interested in lower out-of-pocket costs, solutions to coverage gaps and video bios.
Alpharetta, GA (Jan. 28, 2013) – Top board-certified doctors and specialists in Buckhead and Atlanta’s northside communities are partnering with HealthGate.com, an online resource that helps the insured and non-insured lower out-of-pocket expenses for medical, health, dental and beauty services.
Tanya Mack, HealthGate president, noted that approximately 70 percent of Americans don’t meet their deductibles, meaning they are paying hundreds to thousands of dollars out-of-pocket for medical care. Additionally, most insurance plans have coverage gaps and rising premiums, shifting the burden of non-covered expenses to the consumer. In this case, many are faced with choosing to have a non-covered procedure or not, based on information they’ve gathered and costs.
“With consumers paying more out of pocket for healthcare, they’re increasingly taking more responsibility for their own healthcare decisions and healthy lifestyle choices,” Mack said. “With gaps in coverage, consumers want more transparency in advance of their visit regarding the doctor they’re seeing, procedure details and costs. We’re offering all that and a way to save money on healthcare expenses.”
HealthGate helps consumers lower out-of-pocket costs by 25 to 75 percent through savings on health, medical, dental and beauty services. Services include well woman exams, travel physicals, sports physicals, allergy testing and rush-rapid treatment, wisdom teeth extraction and natural weight-loss programs. HealthGate.com features provider videos, procedure details and ease of service selection that directly links consumers to top local healthcare professionals.
In the spirit of creating goodwill, many HealthGate providers also give back to local communities by donating select procedures and services at 100 percent savings.
Kim Hedzik of Cumming needed a sports physical for her then 14-year-old daughter who plays basketball for a local Forsyth County High School. Although her pediatrician could have completed the physical, scheduling the appointment during office hours would have involved missing school or shifting busy afternoon activities. “Weekdays are hectic, but with this offer I could go anytime. No appointment was necessary. I went on a day my daughter had off from school.”
She purchased the sports physical offer for $20 through www.healthgate.com with Dr. Richard Dukes, medical director of Physician’s Express Care in Johns Creek. Normal fee: $40.
“I simply went online and purchased the offer,” she said. “The office was clean and Dr. Dukes had a great bedside manner. And I was in and out of there in 15 minutes.”
Hedzik liked that she could get to know the doctor via HealthGate’s video bio before the visit. Once paid, she printed out a HealthGate certificate that she presented at the time of her visit. Hedzik, who has three children, said she was new to the area and it gave her a chance to get to know the doctor. She said it was likely she would return to the office when she needed medical care again.
Dr. David Redding, an allergist with Redding Allergy and Asthma Center in Atlanta, said that HealthGate provides cost savings to consumers, especially those with high-deductible plans and young people who may not have insurance. Redding and his twin brother, Alan, also an allergist, offer two services through HealthGate: allergy testing and a new, faster allergy treatment called Rush Immunotherapy.
“There is a lot of complexity and confusion about how much healthcare services cost due to the complex way that medical services are paid,” Redding said. “This is a way to let the healthcare consumer know upfront how much a medical service costs without having to decipher complex billing statements involving terms they don’t understand.
“It also allows them to pay for services at a rate lower than what most other doctors would charge (for the same service) because the money is collected upfront and doctors don’t have to send paper bills weeks, sometimes months, after the service is provided, which can be costly and time-consuming. It reduces the patient’s anxiety and stress if they know how much a procedure costs upfront.”
About HealthGate, LLC
HealthGate, LLC, an Alpharetta-based company, is an online healthcare resource that provides savings for out-of-pocket healthcare costs and direct access to board-certified doctors and specialists, a variety of services and innovative products covering medicine, health, dentistry and beauty. In the spirit of community goodwill, many HealthGate providers also give back by donating selected procedures and services. HealthGate’s primary mission is to provide pricing transparency and selection ease to directly link top, local healthcare professionals to consumers to fulfill healthcare needs. For more information, please visit www.healthgate.com.
HealthGate helps you and your family save money on out of pocket healthcare costs ! Whether you have no health insurance, are under-insured, or have full coverage, we can help. You may purchase a variety of healthcare services and products offered with up to 75% savings by well qualified providers.
- Help consumers save on rising out of pocket healthcare costs.
- Present clear pricing for services. No surprises.
- Partner with extraordinary providers who desire to give back.
- Provide consumers with a range of services and tools to manage their health. Even their own health records.
HealthGate Supports Team THF Alpharetta, GA
Atlanta, Georgia (September 14, 2012) – HealthGate, LLC supports the Team THF (Tres Hermanos Foundation) organization’s youth leadership training through IronKids America. “I SAY NO”, the motto of Team THF, encourages young leaders to say “no” to drugs, obesity and violence. Saying “no” is only one part of the Team THF initiative. HealthGate stands with Team THF to support tomorrow’s young leader saying “yes” to health, education and becoming the leaders of the future.
HealthGate is the only local team sponsor and online medical savings community. Recently launched in North Atlanta, HealthGate allows the general public to browse for medical savings from board-certified physicians who are donating savings from 25% – 50% to the HealthGate CareBank™. To learn more and encourage young people to take a stand with the motto, “I SAY NO” visit this website: www.treshermanosfoundation.com.
To view HealthGate’s CareBank™ of savings offers, to learn about physicians giving back to their community in the form of Donated Medical Savings™, and to benefit from instant savings on highly desirable health and wellness procedures, visit www.healthgate.com or call (770) 754-4513.
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