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Health care spending conceptQuality, convenience and cost don’t have to be mutually exclusive factors in health care.

Employees have a tough time making smart decisions about their health care options. With a multitude of providers to choose from, constantly changing insurance networks, and a lack of unbiased cost and quality data, employees don’t have the information or support they need to choose providers that will give them the best care and the best outcome at the best price.

For example, let’s say an employee’s child needs a complicated spine surgery for scoliosis correction. In most cases, they’ll stick with the surgeon referral they receive from their pediatrician. But they have no idea whether that provider is a good choice for their child’s specific case. Is that orthopedic specialist still operating based on standards of care from the 80s, or are they up to date on the latest surgical techniques? Do they work on an occasional spine, or do they specialize in this extremely complex and delicate procedure? It’s nearly impossible for the employee to know in advance without significant research, which most people don’t have the time or interest to do.

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