New Health Calculator for Connecticut Makes Shopping for Health Care More Transparent
(March 8, 2013) Farmington, CT - ConnectiCare has added the Treatment Cost Calculator to its online suite of cost-related tools. The product is offered to ConnectiCare’s customers as part of an ongoing effort to make health care cost information more transparent and accessible.
The Treatment Cost Calculator estimates the cost of nearly 300 medical services based on Connecticut-specific data at multiple medical locations. The tool also estimates customers’ out-of-pocket costs based on their own health benefits plan and deductible.
“ConnectiCare is committed to providing information that helps our customers be better health care consumers,” said Dr. Paul Bluestein, Chief Medical Officer for ConnectiCare. “With the Treatment Cost Calculator they can compare provider fees side-by-side, estimate out-of-pocket expenses, or research a particular medical service. This tool helps take some of the guesswork out of making health care decisions.”
For example, customers can learn that the cost of an endoscopy in Connecticut can range from $800 to more than $4,000 – a five-fold difference. When customers have this kind of information at their fingertips, they can make more informed decisions about where to seek health care – and how to maximize their health benefits.
Customers, especially with high-deductible plans, can find savings that can range from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
The Treatment Cost Calculator also displays information about provider quality,including their online capabilities, such as making appointments or sending prescriptions electronically; board certification;and physician practices that are recognized for expertise in treating diabetes, heart disease and strokes.
Watch an informational video about the new calculator at: www.brainshark.com/ConnectiCare/TCC
ConnectiCare is a health plan based in Farmington, Connecticut, and a subsidiary of EmblemHealth. ConnectiCare has a full offering of products for business, municipalities, individuals and those who are Medicare-eligible. A local company, ConnectiCare maintains all operations, and 500 employees in Farmington, CT. Visit our website: www.connecticare.com
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