App Availability on Android, iPhone Expands Consumer Access to Medical, Dental Procedure Cost Estimates
FAIR Health Free FH Healthcare Cost Estimator App Now Available on Android Devices
FAIR Health, Inc.Ashley Smyth, 212-370-0704orBliss Integrated Communication for FAIR Health, Inc.Victoria Aguiar, 212-584-5470
FAIR Health, an independent not-for-profit corporation bringing transparency to healthcare costs and out-of-network reimbursement, launched the app for , enabling a greater portion of smartphone users to estimate charges for medical and dental procedures and access easy-to-understand information about insurance, out-of-network care and managing healthcare costs. In April, the app was launched on iPhones through the . The mobile version of FAIR Health’s consumer website, , the app helps patients estimate their potential out-of-pocket payments while discussing treatment and test options with their doctors and dentists during visits. The app was recently selected for featuring at Health Datapalooza IV, the popular and highly respected forum for the newest, most innovative and effective uses of health data.
“Being able to estimate healthcare costs in real time is critical to making educated healthcare decisions,” said FAIR Health President Robin Gelburd. “By offering our mobile app on Android devices, we are enabling even more consumers to gain clarity into their out-of-pocket healthcare costs and use that information to have informed discussions with their healthcare providers.”
Using the mobile app, consumers can access typical charge information for office visits, imaging tests, laboratory tests, emergency treatments and surgical procedures in the location where the service will be provided. The cost information can be particularly helpful when considering seeking procedures that are out-of-network or that are not covered by insurance. Search results can be saved for future reference. To help educate consumers about the health insurance system, the app also offers FAIR Health’s curriculum – a series of consumer-friendly, educational guides about health insurance reimbursement, as well as glossaries of common health insurance terms and procedures.
FAIR Health’s cost lookup tools, and are powered by the company’s proprietary database that is the most comprehensive set of private healthcare claims in the nation and currently includes over 16 billion billed medical and dental procedures performed since 2002. Healthcare charge data are available for each of approximately 500 geographic regions nationwide, providing consumers with the ability to estimate costs specific to their area rather than relying on national averages.
FAIR Health is a national independent, not-for-profit corporation whose mission is to bring transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information through comprehensive data products, consumer resources and support of health services research. FAIR Health uses its database of billions of billed medical and dental services to power an award-winning free website () and mobile application that enables consumers to estimate and plan their medical and dental expenditures. The website also offers clear, unbiased educational articles and videos about the healthcare insurance reimbursement system.
In addition to its consumer offerings, FAIR Health licenses data products to businesses, governmental agencies, healthcare providers and researchers. With its professional staff of experts in healthcare, statistics, technology and communications, FAIR Health strives to offer accurate, consistent and timely information to all stakeholders in the healthcare system. FAIR Health also offers educational material about healthcare costs and insurance in Spanish at .