Accidents Will Happen

The Basics

Health care is an alphabet soup--HMOs, PPOs, POSes and more. A starting point in any shopping expedition is mastering the basics, and here's where to start:

  • "Guide to Health Insurance": In 15 pages from the Health Insurance Association of America, you're walked through the health-care maze. Maybe the prose isn't the liveliest, but this is essential reading.
  • Want your info on paper? Get the scoop about health insurance in a book: Martin Gottlieb's The Confused Consumer's Guide to Choosing a Health Care Plan (Hyperion, $12.95, 800-759-0190).

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This article was originally published in the October 1999 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Accidents Will Happen.

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