Healthcare joins Black Friday frenzy

Black Friday arrives Nov. 29, and it could be a good time to save on medical supplies or healthcare services.

GE Healthcare Life Sciences has a webpage dedicated to its Black Friday offers. The company has cut prices on hundreds of items, including protein analysis equipment supplies and chromatography products. Though the discounts are promoted as Black Friday deals, the offers are available until Dec. 8.

A hospital in Mississippi is also offering holiday discounts for accounts paid in full. Corinth, Miss.-based Magnolia Regional Medical Center is offering a 20 percent discount on balances of up to $1,000, and the discounts increase with the balances. Patients who pay off balances of $6,001 and more will receive a 50 percent discount. The hospital's website says the discounts are available "for a limited time, and just in time for the holidays."

Magnolia Regional Medical Center isn't the first hospital to offer these types of discounts. Last year, Gooding, Idaho-based North Canyon Medical Center offered Black-Friday-style deals on some outpatient services to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

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