Bento today launched its next-generation app designed to bring accessible, affordable and transparent oral care to every American. Bento now offers transparency into the costs of common dental procedures and reportedly provides an even more streamlined experience for members to manage their oral care with more than 272,000 access points nationwide. With the introduction of Bento’s new Price Check feature, anyone can easily see prices for common dental procedures nationwide based on their zip code.
“Price transparency in healthcare is a critical issue for every American. With the next generation of our app, including Price Check, we are giving our members easy-to-use features, enabled by our powerful patented technology,” said Saty Mahajan, co-founder and CTO of Bento.
Bento is on a mission to improve patient outcomes by providing lifetime access to affordable, high quality oral healthcare, according to today’s press release. Through early testing of the Price Check feature, Bento has already enabled life changing access to oral care for members who couldn’t afford dental insurance or didn’t understand what they could afford due to the fear of surprise billing after receiving care.
“I hadn’t seen a dentist in decades due to a fear about what it would cost and because Medicare doesn’t cover dental,” said 82-year-old Paula Robb Rettig from Miami Springs, Florida. “The cost of private insurance was more expensive compared to the benefits I’d get in return. Bento removed all of those fears and made it possible for me to visit the dentist again. It was amazing.”
Bento’s pay-as-you-go model enables individuals, families, and organizations of any size to pay for services directly without the need to contract with an insurance company. It also gives everyone access to clear, transparent and pre-negotiated pricing. Price Check is the latest feature Bento offers in its modern alternative to dental insurance designed to improve the accessibility and transparency of oral care.
“Price transparency is the best way to make oral care more affordable and accessible,” said Ram Sudireddy, CEO of Bento. “People often walk into their dental office without any idea of how much common dental procedures cost, which prevents them from making informed, cost-conscious decisions. Sunlight is the best disinfectant, so we believe that educating Americans on the true cost of oral care will empower them to get the care they need, within their budget.”
Bento was founded in 2017 by Sudireddy and Mahajan and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts, with a network of dental providers that reaches nationwide. Companies, groups, families, individuals, and dentists can learn more about Bento by visiting www.bento.net.