Insurer to Reward Patients for Finding Cheaper Care

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care plans to introduce a rewards program through which its Massachusetts members who have been given referrals will be asked to call a “clinical concierge’’ service that can direct them to hospitals or medical facilities that charge less for the same tests.

In return, they will receive a check from Harvard Pilgrim, ranging from $10 to $75.

The program, called SaveOn, is intended to help patients make smarter health care choices, according to Harvard Pilgrim, and to rein in the runaway prices of imaging tests and other procedures that have contributed to steadily rising premiums.

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Source: The Boston Globe