SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Sep 10, 2012) - TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012 -- While Republicans and Democrats debate health care reform, most Americans are more concerned about how they will pay for their own care now. Health In Reach, Inc., a free online service that helps consumers reduce out-of-pocket medical expenses, is putting health care reform in the hands of the people with its new CarePoints™ reward program. CarePoints are like "frequent flyer miles" for health care; points awarded for appointments booked with dentists and doctors online through the Health In Reach website. Health In Reach helps consumers save cash today by comparing prices before they receive care, and the CarePoints program is a free incentive for consumers to be more proactive in their health care decisions by offering additional savings when points are redeemed.
"We are committed to eliminating the barriers that delay health care decisions or prevent access to care," said Health In Reach CEO, Scott Sangster. "The CarePoints program is similar to 'frequent flyer miles' in that people can redeem their points to offset their next visit to a Health In Reach dentist or doctor. The CarePoints program is one more way that we can help stretch consumer health care dollars."
How CarePoints Works
When people sign up for a free account on the Health In Reach website, they automatically receive CarePoints. They can earn more CarePoints each time they find a dentist or doctor and book an appointment through the HealthInReach.com website, or share reviews and ratings about their care experience. CarePoints are redeemable toward the cost of care from thousands of licensed professionals nationwide who partner with Health In Reach.
Health In Reach offers more than 1.6 million available appointments that can be scheduled instantly online. Uniquely, the site also offers descriptions and prices for more than 90,000 specific procedures. Once scheduled, users receive appointment reminders, and can lock-in price discounts that reduce out-of-pocket costs.
"Health In Reach is leading the way toward consumer-driven health care by providing consumers with the information they need, including procedure-specific pricing that enables them to make informed decisions about their health care," said Halle Tecco, CEO of Rock Health, the San Francisco-based digital health startup accelerator sponsored by partners including the Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, UCSF, Accel Partners, NEA, Nike and Mohr Davidow.
Consumers can sign up and begin earning CarePoints today at www.healthinreach.com.
About Health In Reach
Health In Reach is a free website that offers discounts and online scheduling for dental and medical appointments nationwide. Using its patented technology, consumers search a comprehensive database of medical, dental and vision procedures and can schedule appointments conveniently online. Health In Reach lists more than 1.6 million available appointments and descriptions for more than 90,000 specific procedures. Consumers can see prices and lock-in fee discounts before they arrive at the doctor's office. After an appointment, users can leave reviews and other comments about their experience. Health In Reach was founded in 2009 and is a graduate of Rock Health. In May 2012 the company merged with PriceDoc.com; together the companies have raised more than $6 million in venture financing. For more information, screenshots and logo available in the electronic press kit at http://HealthInReach.com/press
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