We’re a New York-based startup with a revolutionary mission: we're bringing transparency to the health-care marketplace by telling people what stuff costs.
Shouldn’t you know that a simple MRI could cost as little as $400 or as much as $2,300 in the New York area? Or that a lab test billed at several hundred dollars can actually be gotten for as little as $15?
Health-care costs are rising. We think it’s important that people know such things. Especially since more of us are paying cash for medical care every day—either because we’re on high-deductible insurance plans, or we’re out of network, or we’re uninsured.
Jeanne Pinder, our founder, is a longtime journalist; she volunteered for a buyout from The New York Times in late 2009 to reinvent herself. She has won several grants to found clearhealthcosts.com, most recently from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which is funding a project for clearhealthcosts to crowdsource health-care prices in California with KQED public radio in San Francisco and KPCC/Southern California Public Radio in Los Angeles.