Mountain View, CA, August 19, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- HealthSouk.com, an online network that offers value-based health care membership for free launches today. It is the first of its kind in U.S. health care history.
As a newly developed online health care network developed solely by doctors, HealthSouk provides people access to health care providers who are offering various treatments and procedures based off of quality metrics, supply/demand, experience of clinician and location, that then match price.
HealthSouk’s fully automated model introduces an innovative feature that helps doctors control the flow of their practice throughout the day. Doctors simply login to their account and configure their schedule from slow to very busy in real-time, allowing them to better accommodate their patients.
This novel model guarantees to make part of the healthcare system more efficient and affordable. It is the first system that allows the doctor to charge higher fees for providing extra treatment, going beyond the standard of care or providing higher quality treatment than expected.
Patients and providers will have the option to sign up for a monthly or annual membership; both are free. They will have access to a full range of treatments from eye care to braces, which are often discounted depending on when the patient it willing to go to an appointment. In addition, patients can also add multiple family members to their plan as a part of their membership package.
One of HealthSouk’s founders, Dr. Neilesh Patel, has been an advocate of accessible and affordable health care for almost a decade. “As doctors, we had to ensure that the system was fair yet confidential for both patients and doctors. As for the middle-men, they were left out.”
While in college, Dr. Patel co-founded HealthCare Volunteer, a non-profit organization that enables volunteers around the world to provide dental and surgical procedures to underprivileged people. Together, Dr. Patel’s non-profit start-ups have helped change the lives of millions of people worldwide to date.
For healthcare providers, HealthSouk prescreens every patient prior to choosing a particular treatment. This process ensures doctors that only qualified candidates can sign up for a certain procedure.
One of HealthSouk’s early adopters, Dr. Aseem Chawla, and owner of Bella Smiles, a high-end cosmetic dentistry practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, said he had a tough time filtering through all the patients that purchased his Living Social Zoom Teeth Whitening deal a few months ago.
“Many of the patients needed other procedures before I could perform the whitening, and while it was nice to have the patients coming in to the practice, I think HealthSouk has a more effective solution for selling health procedures,” said Dr. Chawla, who was also an economics major graduating from Dartmouth University. “Plus, HealthSouk doesn’t charge 40 percent of the total fee collected.”
HealthSouk also guarantees patients a refund if they are not satisfied and choose not to go forward with the treatment.
The company is currently signing up doctors and patients in Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
As for practitioners, signing up is free and easy. They can set their discounted price according to their preference and they will have flexibility to update their settings easily.
With HealthSouk’s services, patients and doctors can have an online community that helps them achieve a common goal: access to health care and pricing based on quality.
For more information about HealthSouk, please visit HealthSouk.com.
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