National Center for Policy Analysis

Dr. Keith Smith, right, an anesthesiologist who started Surgery Center of Oklahoma, looks on as Dr. Don McGinnis, left, and physician's assistant Steve Popielec, right, perform a surgery at the center in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013. Through a website called Medibid, some patients who pay out of pocket for their care are soliciting doctors, hospitals and medical centers, including this one, to bid to perform non-emergency procedures. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Companies and patients shop for better health care deals

Paul Freeman drove 600 miles last year to save himself — and his employer — thousands of dollars on his surgery. Freeman’s insurer covered his travel costs and the entire bill because a medical center […]

10/25/2013