Can someone explain HearPO and HearingPlanet work? I spoke to one audi who said that in some cases HearPOs prices are better, sometimes HearingPlanet, but other times you could get the best price going straight to the audi. My insurance company does not cover the cost of HAs but they have offer discount programs, HearPO is one of them. Frankly most of the discounts my insurance company offers are nothing special, they’re often simply 5% off of various programs or products like Jenny Craig or Drugstore.com. You can usually find better pricing on your own.
So far from what I can figure out is both HearPO and HearingPlanet want to refer you to one of their participating dispensers. They don’t want you going there on your own, they want to give your name to the provider. I assume that insures they get some kind of commission or fee, but I really don’t know. Do they work like ServiceMagic funneling leads to dispensers? Contractors have told me that Service Magic charges them something like $25 for a referral.
Are they buying groups in the same way Ace Hardware Store are – an association of independent providers who buy as one group from HA manufactures to get better pricing?
Is there a real benefit for the consumer or the dispenser?
And what’s the scoop with Audibel?
Are there any audis or dispensers out there who can shed some light on this?