Thursday, July 8, 2010

UnitedHealthcare improves another online aid to help consumer better estimate medical costs.

Last time I told you about recent improvements we have made to our Quicken Health Expense Tracker software, which helps UnitedHealthcare’s consumers manage and pay their health care costs. 
More big news! Health Expense Tracker is not the only online software we’ve upgraded.  We also just expanded our Treatment Cost Estimator to include physician-specific pricing on numerous medical procedures.
The Treatment Cost Estimator pinpoints fees for treatments and procedures specific to individual network physicians and geographic areas.  Covering 116 diseases, 90 surgeries and procedures, and more than 500 individual services, the program provides cost estimates for thousands of physicians in more than 400 different markets. 
Now, the Treatment Cost Estimator also incorporates UnitedHealthcare customers’ specific health plan information to estimate what portion of those costs they would be responsible for paying and remind them of any available funds in their health care accounts.  The program provides a more complete view of how a treatment cost differs from doctor to doctor, giving UnitedHealthcare plan participants the power to comparison shop for health services. 
Health Expense Tracker and Treatment Cost Estimator both reflect UnitedHealthcare’s commitment to employ user-friendly technology to make health care and health insurance information more accessible and easier to understand – the key to making health care more efficient and effective.  

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