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 HSHS hospitals in O’Fallon, Breese and Highland are among those participating in a new, online health-care marketplace designed to help residents without insurance save money and get more of the medical care they need.

hshslogosquareThrough the MDsave marketplace, patients will have access to a wide variety of medical procedures at upfront prices up to 60 percent off the average market cost, as well as simplified billing and educational resources.

According to a 2018 report from the National Center for Health Statistics, 28.5 million Americans had no insurance coverage at all in 2017, according to a population report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Heath-care expenses often prevent many individuals and families from getting medical care, especially preventive procedures that could help stave off future health issues.

MDsave and the hospitals are working to create better options for these patients.

“In today’s marketplace, health care can be confusing and expensive, especially for consumers who are uninsured,” said HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital Director of Finance Matthew Brandt. “This service can help these patients, who are not enrolled in an employer or government-sponsored health insurance plan, with access to the same quality health care they have come to expect at our hospital, at lower cost.”

MDsave.com touts transparent pricing and educational resources on diseases and treatments. Patients can geographically search by procedure, provider, specialty, or ailment, and compare local pricing.

The process is "upfront and easy," the hospitals said. Patients jJust choose the best option, add to their cart, and checkout online - the price posted is what you pay.

To find out more about the procedures available through MDsave, visit mdsave.com/hshs.

The Southern Illinois Division of Hospital Sisters Health System includes HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese, HSHS Holy Family Hospital in Greenville, and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.