I’ve been fortunate enough to meet, talk, and exchange e-mails with a number of people at some great companies and organizations that help self-pay patients obtain affordable care. One of these that stands out is The Karis Group, founded by Dr. Tony Dale. Karis runs a couple of different companies and services, including The Health Co-Op,* which provides services to members of the Samaritan Ministries health care sharing organization. These services include telemedicine, medical bill negotiation, prescription drug discounts, and many other valuable services for members of Samaritan.
Karis also started a consumer medical bill negotiation service last year, called Medical Bill Mediation. They’ve been negotiating on behalf of clients to reduce medical bills since 1996, but the new service is their first that individuals can directly join on their own.
The recently shared with me a success story, as well as a little background on Karis and the services they provide. And success is probably an understatement, as you’ll see! Here’s what they shared:
Healthcare Savings – Changing Lives
You dread when the mail comes. You know this bill is coming: you had an unexpected health emergency requiring surgery and a hospital stay. You know the bill will be expensive but you never expected this many zeros at the end. You’ve worked hard all your life but you know you can’t afford this bill – you want to pay, there’s just no way you can afford it. What do you do? Continue reading