Discounted online healthcare hopes to attract uninsured Deep East Texans

Discounted online healthcare hopes to attract uninsured Deep East Texans
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Money is often the reason keeping many people from visiting the doctor or having that crucial procedure. However, a new program is hoping to help with that.

"It's making it much easier, much more affordable," said Ken Miller, the chief financial officer for CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial.

It's called MD Save. MD because of the medical association and Save because …

"It's offered at a lower rate because they have to pay up front. So they pay through MD Save online, come get their services and they're pretty much done with it," Miller said.

There are a few stipulations.

"You do have to have a doctor's order for many of the services, so that does not change. The only thing that changes is the way they pay for it," Miller said.

And Medicare recipients aren't eligible.

CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial in Lufkin partnered as one of the area hospitals available on MD Save.

"Right now, we have some surgical procedures available, neurological, lab, physical therapies, and also diabetes education services are available on there," Miller said.

It all benefits the uninsured or those with high deductibles.

"The price they're seeing is an all-inclusive price. They're not going to get another bill from their physician, surgeon, the radiologist, and pathologist. So it really makes it an economical way for us to offer our services to the community," Miller said.

CHI St. Luke's Health Memorial just launched MD Save last week, and they say patients have already begun to take advantage. Officials are hoping to expand to number of services offered in the near future.

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