A Checkup For Your Health Plan

Online data help gauge quality of care

Eddie Toohey knew it was time to make a change in his company's indemnity health plan. The 18 employees at his Brown Hearing Aid Centers, based in Orange, Tex., had complained repeatedly about the high co-payments and limited coverage. While Toohey wanted to switch over to a managed-care plan and was even willing to pay a little more for a good one, he didn't know how to choose. What he needed was a set of benchmarks to help judge a plan's quality.

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