Finding the Best Healthcare You Can Afford was written to help people who do not currently have a primary care doctor or specialist or are considering a change. It reviews the most relevant online resources available to help choose a doctors, hospitals and health plans in a way that will give the consumer a fresh perspective on how to choose.
While this report is based on Massachusetts, the techniques and and most of the resources cited can be used anywhere in the United States. Publication of this report is the beginning of a long term effort to educate healthcare consumers. Discussions are under way to conduct workshops and lectures and to prepare similar reports for other metropolitan areas, such as New York, San Francisco and South Florida.
Peter A. Wadsworth, a former investment banker, financial advisor and insurance executive, has worked with some of the most prominent HMOs, voluntary hospitals and health insurers in the country. He has been invited to speak to groups such as the American Association of Health Plans, the National Health Lawyers Association, the Group Health Institute and Columbia University School of Public Health and has written extensively about healthcare, finance and environmental issues. He has served on numerous advisory committees and non-profit boards, such as the National Peace Foundation in Washington, DC and has been a consumer of healthcare in New York City, on eastern Long Island and now in the Boston area