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Payless Health

We are reducing the price of health care using public data. We are a non-profit organization, and our mission is to help people and employers make decisions using public hospital and insurance prices about where to get affordable, high-quality care.

Here is a short video from the film American Hospitals with a brief overview of the high price of health care in the United States:

We have collected the prices from 4000 hospitals, and have published the data publicly at

Our aim is to reduce the price of health care by enabling consumers and employers to find the best prices for their health care needs using this data. We are working toward this goal by building open-source tools to enable the public to access this data.


We have received seed funding from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation at Columbia and Stanford University (announcement here), Patient Rights Advocate, and the NIH AIM-AHEAD program through which we have trained faculty at medical schools in the use of our data for health equity research. We are now seeking donations to continue our work. See this page on how to donate and support making this data public for all to access!


Payless Health is built by One Fact Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization set up to build open-source tools for the public good. Our team includes patient advocates, data scientists, and software engineers, and we are based in New York City. You can read more about our team here:


You can reach us by emailing

We have also run an advertising campaign in NYC using this data; here is an example ad on the LinkNYC booth system near Times Square and Penn Station:

LinkNYC ad

Payless Health is sponsored by the Brown Institute at Columbia and Stanford ( and Patient Rights Advocate (