PriceDoc.com is a free website that lets cash-paying patients shop and compare prices for medical, dental and elective procedures. PriceDoc is similar to web pages that help travelers find the best deals, but is the first to connect the vast market of cash-paying patients to providers. Many of the uninsured are young adults and middle-class families who cannot afford health care.
A powerful option on the PriceDoc website is the "Name Your Price" feature. If the patient is not able to find a price within their budget, he or she is then able to post the price that they can afford. PriceDoc then searches for a provider that will accept their offered price and notifies the consumer instantly.
PriceDoc also helps those seeking elective procedures, those with health savings accounts or high-deductible health insurance, find affordable care.
The Puget Sound area is the first region where PriceDoc is being offered, with planned expansion to California in 2010.