SEATTLE, Aug. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Sprig Health, an online health care marketplace that provides customers with direct access to medical care, today announced its service is available in Washington state. Sprig Health provides a pre-paid health care option that gives patients a convenient way to schedule appointments with local doctors and save up to 50 percent below the full market rate of services.
"Not only is the website easy to use, the savings are tremendous," said Kristina McDaniel, a customer of Sprig Health. "After I was diagnosed with kidney cancer, I was overwhelmed with medical costs. Sprig allowed me to get the follow-up treatments I needed at a fraction of the cost compared with going directly through the doctor's office. I truly believe Sprig Health is changing the face of health care."
Sprig Health is available to consumers regardless of insurance coverage and offers discounted rates through a unique "no-insurance" model. Because the system eliminates providers' administrative involvement with billing and insurance paperwork, the health service providers can select to pass the savings on to the patient. Patients book and pay for their visit in advance with a credit card via a secure online transaction at SprigHealth.com. For example, women's wellness exams are available through Sprig for a 50 percent savings when compared to the average market rate of $450 to $600 when booking and paying for an appointment directly with the provider or doctor's office.
"Approximately 14.5 percent of Washington's population is uninsured and those with coverage often face high deductibles to help keep premiums down," said Kris Gorriaran, president of Sprig Health. "We're excited that Via Radiology is bringing their specialized expertise and patient focused approach to individuals seeking state-of-the-art imaging."
Providers are able to maximize appointment books and fill last-minute cancellations, allowing them to maintain and grow their practices. Working with Sprig Health reduces administrative costs and allows doctors an efficient way to attract cash paying patients.
"We are happy to partner with Sprig Health to provide uninsured individuals a convenient and affordable way to obtain health care," said Steve Schreiber, chief operating officer at Via Radiology. "Sprig creates another avenue for patients to gain access to our board-certified subspecialty trained physicians and dedicated staff."
Launched last year in Portland, Oregon, Sprig Health has seen tremendous growth and now has more than 200 participating providers. Recent providers in Washington state include North Creek Medicine, Seattle Naturopathy Acupuncture and Birth Center, and Westside Family Clinic. Sprig is currently recruiting doctors in the Seattle/Tacoma area to offer preventative services, urgent care, complementary care, dental services, diagnostic imaging, pediatric care and more. To sign up as a provider or as a patient, please visit sprighealth.com for more information.
About Sprig Health
Sprig Health is a company based in Portland, Oregon, that believes everyone should have access to affordable health care. Sprig offers individuals a simple way to schedule and pay online for a doctor's appointment at savings up to 50 percent below the standard market rate. Its mission is to provide a marketplace that connects cash-paying patients with trusted health care providers. Sprig is a subsidiary of Cambia Health Solutions, a leading health company headquartered in the Pacific Northwest/Intermountain region. For more information about Sprig Health, please visit www.SprigHealth.com or call 855-697-7744 (855-MY-SPRIG).
SOURCE Sprig Health