At its heart, Liberty HealthShare is about its members — a community of people who come together to care for one another. Over the last few months, sharing has not always gone so smoothly, but we have worked diligently and in the last two months, we have made significant progress. In May and June, we shared over $66 million of your medical bills. In July, we have already shared $21 million. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We never want to lose sight of the fact that you and your families are the heart and soul of this organization.
I am very excited about a powerful new tool that can transform the way you choose your medical care and give you confidence in the quality of your care. Beginning August 1, Liberty HealthShare will bring our members the Healthcare Bluebook. This online tool easily allows members to search by zip code for healthcare procedures, imaging, labs and more by both cost AND quality.
Many of us have experienced a situation in which we have been led to believe that a procedure or course of treatment would cost “X" amount of dollars, only to be met with shock and disbelief when we receive the final bill. That being said, we also know healthcare is not only about dollars. We understand that when a loved one or we are facing a serious medical issue, money is the last thing on our minds — we simply want the BEST healthcare available.
That’s where the Healthcare Bluebook comes in. Here’s an example. You can use the website or the app to find that an MRI of the knee costs $435 at one facility and just a few blocks away, another charges $5,123 for the exact same imaging. It’s good information, and a great way for members to make sound decisions about their healthcare costs and protect share power for all.
In today’s climate, achieving transparency in healthcare is a priority for all of us. You’ll find the Healthcare Bluebook in your ShareBox on August 1, along with an easy-to-use link, and even an app for your phone, providing information at your fingertips. Knowledge is power!
Each sharing member should be committed to making wise choices for their healthcare and I look forward to hearing your stories of how you protect the Share Power! We value you, and appreciate your caring for one another.