Health insurtech company Sidecar Health has raised $20 million in its most recent funding round. The company intends to save the U.S. $1 trillion in healthcare costs annually by empowering consumers to shop around for health services using its Visa payment card and mobile app. The round was led by Cathay Innovation and joined by new investors Comcast Ventures, Kauffman Fellows and Anne Wojcicki, co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. Previous investors GreatPoint Ventures and Morpheus Ventures also participated meaningfully in the round. The company has raised $40 million to date.
The funding will be used to fuel company growth by expanding to new geographies and growing the Sidecar Health team. With Coronavirus-related job losses leaving an estimated 26.8M people without employer-provided health insurance, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the time is right to offer consumers a new solution to the healthcare crisis.
Sidecar Health offers a new approach to health insurance, allowing its members to take advantage of doctors’ discounted “self-pay” or “cash” rates, saving members 40% compared to traditional insurance. Its proprietary payment technology lets members pay doctors at the time of care from the plan’s claims account using a Sidecar Health Visa card. Sidecar Health’s approach enables members to comparison shop for care as they would for any other product or service, bringing market forces to healthcare that will ultimately lower costs. Read More: BusinessWire