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New site lets employers put health care out to bid
San Francisco Chronicle

Self-insured businesses looking to cut out the middleman when it comes to health care have a new way to solicit bids directly from doctors or hospitals.

Created by a doctor, a lawyer and a former benefits manager, Open Health Market is an online matchmaker of sorts: Employers submit requests for proposals for a category of medical services and procedures — knee surgeries, for example, or cardiac care. Health care providers then submit competing bids, which are then evaluated by the employer.

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