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Gwinnett Medical Center

Gwinnett Medical Center is hoping to help patients — especially those who are uninsured — save money by partnering with online healthcare marketplace MDsave.

As the first Atlanta-area hospital to partner with MDsave, GMC is providing a new payment structure where patients can purchase medical services at discounted prices. Physician and facility fees are included in that price.

“This is the same quality care that patients have come to expect at our hospitals,” said GMC’s Michael Boblitz, vice president of planning and business development. “Based on increased administrative efficiency, GMC offers our self-pay patients or those with high deductibles transparency and better prices through MDsave without compromising quality of care.”

The way the program works, according to MDsave CEO Paul Ketchel, is once a doctor determines what procedure a patient needs, the patient can then go online to MDsave and buy a voucher for the service. The patient can then bring the voucher to their appointment at GMC. On average, patients save about 40 to 60 percent per procedure.

A regular mammogram, for example, may cost a woman who is uninsured about $650. With MDsave, the patient pays $264, which includes the procedure price and facility and physician fees.

By offering the service, MDsave is hoping patients receive non-emergency care sooner, which, in turn, will hopefully avoid emergency room visits — those can add up quickly — and hospital stays down the road.

“Working with GMC, we are taking an important step toward making healthcare more accessible and affordable,” Ketchel said. “We know that the cost of preventive treatments is often a factor in consumers neglecting to have them and thus, we hope that our alliance will increase access and result in saved lives.”

For information about GMC’s online procedure offerings, visit mdsave.com/gmc.

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Isabel is a crime and health reporter for the Gwinnett Daily Post. She graduated from Emory University in 2016 with a B.A. in international studies. She is originally from the Boston area.