Imagine a good 'ole auction, but instead of old cars or fancy jewels going to the highest bidder, it's your medical care on the block. And yes, low bids are welcome.
"You're in so much pain and you need something done now," said construction supervisor Perry Hunt.
Hunt's health insurance wouldn't cover a much needed hip replacement. His hospital quoted him a steep $70,000 dollar out of pocket payment.
Seemingly out of options, Hunt turned to the internet.
"When I Googled cash surgeries, I got a website called Medibid," said Hunt.
Medibid is an online auction site. It's similar to eBay, but deals solely in surgeries and medical supplies.
For a small fee, patients explain their health history and what they need done. Surgeons then bid on the procedure, detailing the cost, their specialties and background.
Hunt accepted a $21,000 dollar bid from Dr. Adam Harris in San Antonio, and then traveled there for a new hip.
"My bid isn't the lowest bid that people are going to find," said Dr. Harris. "I offer a high quality service at a reasonable fee."
Medibid doesn't steer patients to one doctor versus another, but says it's linked nearly 2,000 people to care.
Critics say the site has limited information and that puts the bonus entirely on the patient to make sure they're getting quality service.
"If you're just doing it by price, I think you're asking for trouble," said Dr. Arthur Caplan, who works in Medical Ethics at NYU Langone Medical Center. "It's one thing to have a car that's a lemon, it's a different thing to have a surgeon that's a lemon."