Americans turning to daily deal sites for healthcare
Americans without sufficient health care coverage are turning to daily deal sites like Groupon or Living Social to get discounts on everything from dental cleaning to laser eye surgery.
U.S. citizens – who aren’t as lucky as Canucks with universal healthcare – are using these group deal websites to provide essential health services at a fraction of the cost.
Instead, he hopped on Groupon and bought a dental care deal for a local dentist.
The deal – which included a cleaning, exam and X-ray – cost only $39. That’s $151 less than what that dentist would otherwise charge.
It’s not just dental care that’s on the cheap – but an array of other services as well.
Physicals for $69 (usually $200) include a medical check-up along with blood, stool and urinalysis testing.
These medicare providers aren’t just offering deals out of the kindness of their heart – they hope to increase business in as many ways as consumers hope to save a buck.
The goal is doctors and other practitioners can get the word out about their services, and patients will return if there is something suddenly wrong (or for their next annual check-up).
Would you get a health service from one of these daily deal sites?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets