Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Comparison Shopping for Health--Vimo

Health care is a major concern for many people, myself included. It can even make or break a decision to take or stay at a job for some people. If you find yourself in the position (personally or professionally) of researching insurance, Health Savings Accounts (HSAs), medical procedures, doctors or dentists, Vimo can be a good place to start.

For a long time, large HMO's and the companies that used them for their employees were in control of health care. Today, with so many people choosing self-employment or working for small companies, more options are necessary. We are starting to see more choices available to us, but finding both the right insurance plan and service providers can be a daunting task. Vimo's goal is to help consumers by being the "only Internet destination where users can gain objective, authoritative, and comprehensive shopping-comparison data" for the above health care services.

Both the integrated nature of the site and the community idea behind it are what makes it unique and helpful. You don't have to surf around from site to site to find the doctors, health, or insurance information you need--they're all right there in one place, ready to compare side by side. And, you can read reviews of doctors by their patients. I think this option is really useful. I know that when I am searching for a doctor, I like to hear what other people do or do not like about each particular doctor's style.

As a bonus, the site is attractive and easy to navigate. Currently, if you rate your doctor, you get a free t-shirt.


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