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Clark Howard: Medical bills

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Updated: 5/24/2013 9:56 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Health care financing is very complicated, but shopping around can save you money.

Hospital advocate Glen Pearson says members are trying to be more responsive with price quotes, but for now, the hospital associations best advice? Don't ask a hospital for a price quote. Go somewhere else.

Hospitals are huge organizations. It's not easy to turn on a dime and change course, but smaller operations are doing just that. Transparency is the industry's latest catch-phrase.

There is a new company called Healthgate, where people can go online and shop around for health care. You can lock in a price and pre-pay for doctor visits.

We're in the early stages of you being able to get prices, but I've got a new one for you -- it's called  It's where you have medical providers bid on providing you non-emergency care.

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