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  • Breaking down basics of health insurance
    Two Cedar Park-based entrepreneurs have launched a website business they hope can assist area residents who aren't necessarily indigent, but who cannot otherwise afford health-insurance coverage. Scott Vanlandingham and Daniel Hummel recently founded Patient Deals, a website that connects patients with doctors who may discount medical fees for patients paying at the time of service.
    The website, PatientDeals.org, is a free service for patients and doctors and includes a wide variety of Central Texas physicians, dentists and even chiropractors who are willing to discount fees for everything from regular family-practice visits to surgical procedures and urgent care, so long as patients pay at the time of service. Though it is up to patients to negotiate on their own behalf, Vanlandingham said patients can save up to 25 percent on an average doctor bill simply by cutting out the insurance middleman.
    "If you can afford health insurance, that's great. If you can't, there are other options," he said. "We're trying to put the power back in the hands of consumers."
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  • Health 2.0: Will Its Promise Be Realized?
    The second stage is "using lightweight tools for consumers and providers to connect with each other," according to Holt. A nascent site, PatientDeals (http://patientdeals.org), falls into this category. Carrying the tagline "Will you be paying with cash today?" PatientDeals seeks to match uninsured patients with providers willing to offer discounts.
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