Health Plan Ratings Online Gives Consumers a Chance to Speak Out About Health Coverage

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Health Plan Ratings Online offers new data, through a user-friendly search engine, to help consumers, employers and social, fraternal and other large membership associations identify the best-fit healthcare insurance plans on the market, based on personal criteria for reviewing survey responses from consumers, doctors and employee benefit managers in various markets nationwide. The survey responses address health plan characteristics of a clinical, administrative and member satisfaction nature. As a special introductory offer, free access to survey results is granted to new individual users who register by September 1st.

In the wake of the high-profile national dialogue sparked by the recent release of Michael Moore's movie "Sicko", many consumers may wonder how they can add their voices to the debate and feel more empowered about the health care system. Now they can, with Health Plan Ratings Online ( Health Plan Ratings Online allows users who already have health coverage to speak up and hold their current plan accountable for quality. Users who don't have health coverage can listen and make informed choices based on what their peers have to say.

Health Plan Ratings Online has been developed as the result of a strategic partnership between Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying top doctors, and bWell International, developer of cutting edge education products promoting health care consumerism. Consumers who are uninsured, individually insured, insured under COBRA, or simply not satisfied with their employer coverage can use it to find the coverage that's right for them by reviewing health plan performance ratings--and not just ratings from other consumers, but from employers and health care practitioners as well.

"By providing independent data, we provide another important pathway to consumerism," says Philip Micali, CEO of bWell International. "And even though Michael Moore didn't address it in 'Sicko,' consumerism is a way Americans can gain a feeling of control."

Health Plan Ratings Online uses three different targeted surveys to collect the independent feedback of highly skilled physicians, health benefits' managers and the general public. With the data collected by these surveys, users can identify the best commercial healthcare plans on the market, in terms of clinical quality and member satisfaction.

"These aren't just 'opinion' surveys," notes William Liss-Levinson, Ph.D., Chief Strategy & Operations Officer of Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. "Because Health Plan Ratings Online surveys gather data from all sides of the equation, quality can be triangulated more precisely."

Health Plan Ratings Online is flexible and easy to use. Users can search for information about plan quality on a social network platform, and customize results according to their unique preferences. Best of all, new users who register by September 1, 2007, using code "Health1" and complete the survey can get three months free usage of the survey results on Health Plan Ratings Online.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is America's trusted source for identifying top doctors. It provides its valuable researched and screened information through: consumer guides, such as America's Top Doctors®, America's Top Doctors® for Cancer and Top Doctors: New York Metro Area; in partnership with leading regional and national magazines, such as Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, Ladies Home Journal, Men's Health, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta; and through various online and offline consumer and business partnerships. For more information, visit, or call (212) 367-8400 ext. 14.

bWell International brings cutting-edge education products--including the award-winning bWell-informed™ Health Plan Forecaster--and services for promoting consumerism to individuals for employers, governments, banks and health plans. bWell is proud to support the initiatives of the New York Business Group on Health (NYBGH), The Conference Board, Consumer Health World and several other organizations that encourage thoughtful consideration of the role of the individual in the delivery of healthcare services. For more information, visit, e-mail at, or call (917) 254-4151.

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