CrowdHealth doesn’t have the monthly premiums, networks, or deductibles that define the broader health insurance industry, and we aren’t even an insurance company. Instead, our mission is to help each Member crowdfund whenever they need care in excess of $500, spreading the bill across multiple Members. We do so in four simple steps:
First, new Members sign up for CrowdHealth and agree to make a regular monthly contribution to our platform. The standard cost for most people (ages 6-54) is $175 per month, of which $30 goes to CrowdHealth to help cover administrative costs. The rest is placed in your crowdfund account where you can use it to help with your healthcare expenses or assist other Members with their costs to improve your “generosity score”.
Since we want to make coverage as transparent as possible, we’ll share the other rates right now: Families of 4-8 eligible members can all enroll together for $695 per month. Again, none of these prices are premiums because the vast majority of the money collected is placed in your crowdfunding account.
The next step is seeing a health care provider and asking for the cash price. If the total is $500 or less, the patient is responsible for the entire bill. However, totals in excess of $500 require patients to make a down payment of $500 and submit a funding request to CrowdHealth for the rest. We encourage Members to tell us they plan to receive costly care beforehand so we can negotiate a better price with their provider than a traditional insurance company would.
You might be wondering why a care provider would have any incentive to negotiate with us. The answer is simple: Doctors like being paid in cash because they don’t have to shell out for the administrative costs of filing an insurance claim, fight over prior authorizations, or wait 90-120 days to be compensated for their services. All told, we save our Members an average of 60% on emergency room visits and 30-50% on other costs otherwise negotiated by insurance companies.
The third step is submitting your bill, which is as easy as downloading our mobile app, snapping a picture, and clicking submit. The final step consists of CrowdHealth facilitating your funding request, ensuring that bills are paid quickly and smoothly. Funds are transferred directly from other Member accounts to yours for maximal convenience. It’s really that easy!