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Old 09-13-2005, 11:23 AM   #1
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Seattle area health insurance

Hello, I'm recently early retired and I'm wondering if there's anybody here in Seattle. I'm trying to decide between Group Health, Blue Cross, and Blue Shield. Anybody have a recommendation? Which is better, Swedish or UW? Thank you in advance!

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Re: Seattle area health insurance
Old 09-13-2005, 02:19 PM   #2
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Re: Seattle area health insurance

I am no expert on this; but I had Group Health and felt satisfied. At the highest benefit level you need to be referred by your "gatekeeper" for specialist care, but I think they are fairly liberal about it.

I now have Regence Blue Shield. I changed because I want to go back to my former Doc, who is not on Group Health, but is on Blue Shield.

Don't know anything about Blue Cross.

If you go with one of these, check how large their provider networks are, and if they are handy to you, have your own doctor on them, etc.

I think both University Hospital and Swedish are excellent. University of course is a core teaching hospital, with all the pluses and minuses of that.


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Do you live in the Seattle area too?

I know there are several of us in the PNW area.... we should have a BBQ and fly dryersheet flags
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