Groupon and health care: I'm featured in by AP and Daily Kos

As we start the New Year folks are naturally thinking about containing health care costs both on a macro level (through the 2012 elections) and at the micro level (through managing their own expenses). Over the last couple years consumers have learned to use deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial, so it’s natural that we’re seeing an interest in the same sites and approaches for health care.

I’m quoted in an Associated Press article on the subject (see it here on the CBS News site) and it was also written about on the Daily Kos. In general I’m pretty negative on the concept, though I don’t fault patients or providers for giving it a shot.

For a more in depth look, see my October 2010 Groupon and health care: a few thoughts and a separate interview with Groupon.

January 2, 2012

2 thoughts on “Groupon and health care: I'm featured in by AP and Daily Kos”

  1. Congrats on your coverage..!

    Much promise in this space but many barriers..

    Fee splitting and patient brokering laws and statues need to be amended to take into consideration these new patient discovery and acquisition models. Hard to run any “deal” site with any scale and coverage under current revenue model constraints.

    Peter
    http://www.selfpaymri.com

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