Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Finding Cheap Health Insurance

The State of Maine is in serious trouble when it comes to health care. Chandler Woodcock, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, would like to let market forces bring down the costs of health care services and insurance.

And Republican Sen. Chandler Woodcock said the state needs to bring in more competition to force rates to go down.

"We need to be able to buy health insurance outside the state," he said.

If that should become a reality, Mainers will need a tool to help them find affordable healthcare and insurance. Here's one to file away for future reference: Vimo.

Vimo is the only place on the internet where a consumer can find comparison shopping information on insurance, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), medical procedures, doctors and dentists.

Suppose you need a balloon angioplasty. Go to Vimo, enter your sex, heart procedure, and balloon angioplasty. You'll get search results including the name of the hospital in the country that charges the least amount for it, as well as the hospital that performs it the most frequently every year, along with other useful information to help you make an informed choice.

In the age of information, it's a shame that Mainers aren't immediately able to partake in Vimo's comparison shopping for health insurance. If Woodcock gets his way, we'll be happy Vimo's there.



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