Google Health to label clinics offering free or low-cost care with new search feature

Google Health announced its search function will soon be able to identify community health centers and provide consumers with information on which facilities have free or low-cost care options. 

Google said the facilities will be denoted by a label that reads, "offers free or low-cost care based on individual circumstances," on its search page. The initiative was announced March 14 at its annual health event, The Check Up. 

Here are four more initiatives Google Health said it is taking on:

  • Helping patients find Medicaid re-enrollment information on search. 

  • Partnering with Duplex to help U.S. healthcare providers verify their information.

  • Expanding the number of crisis helplines it displays at the top of its search results to help consumers find verified networks of mental health and crisis helplines.

  • Opening up a new FitBit dashboard, dubbed the "Health Metrics Dashboard," to users who don't have a subscription to its service.

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