Groupon Cashing In On America's Health Care Crisis

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Groupon is cashing in on the US health care crisis. Ana Kasparian, Adrienne Lawrence, and Helen Hong, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT: tyt.com/trial

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“Emory University medical fellow Dr. Nicole Herbst was shocked when she saw three patients who came in with abnormal results from chest CT scans they had bought on Groupon.

Yes, Groupon — the online coupon mecca that also sells discounted fitness classes and foosball tables.

Similar deals have shown up for various lung, heart and full-body scans across Atlanta, as well as in Oklahoma and California. Groupon also offers discount coupons for expectant parents looking for ultrasounds, sold as “fetal memories.”

While Herbst declined to comment for this story, her sentiments were shared widely by the medical community on social media. The concept of patients using Groupons to get discounted medical care elicited the typical stages of Twitter grief: anger, bargaining and acceptance that this is the medical system today in the United States.

But, ultimately, the use of Groupon and other pricing tools is symptomatic of a health care market where patients desperately want a deal — or at least tools that better nail down their costs before they get care.

“Whether or not a person may philosophically agree that medicine is a business, it is a market,” said Steven Howard, who runs Saint Louis University’s health administration program.”

Hosts: Ana Kasparian, Adrienne Lawrence, Helen Hong

Cast: Ana Kasparian, Adrienne Lawrence, Helen Hong

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