Consequently, I believe it’s time for you to ask yourself and your family members about what kind of health insurance you desire and how much you really can afford.
Let’s Find Out What Your Desired Coverage isIn order to find out your desired insurance coverage, first, you need to make an adjustment with your needs. You may not find the 100% perfect health insurance plan that covers all your health requirements. Because it’s really impossible to make an insurance plan that is one-size-fits-all. The needs of you and the needs of others can vary greatly. For this reason, I believe if you can compromise with your needs, you may find the best suitable option for you. However, don’t feel that you are out-of-the-way. My words may sound upsetting to you, but you need to know that the health insurers have made some good options for each situation - keeping in mind the different consumer requirements.
To know more about different options of health plans with details, read my next post Health Insurance Plan Options – Managed Care vs. Fee-for-Service Plans.
Ask yourself the following questions to evaluate your needs as well as the coverage you may seek.
- Does a health insurer presently insure you?
- Do you want to get married?
- Do you have any dependents?
- Are you planning to have a baby?
- Are you prior to retiring?
- Are you having any pre-existing conditions?
- Are you often got sick with common cold or seasonal flu?
- Do you often buy prescription drugs?
- Do you know about the 2010 Affordable Care Act legislation?
- Are you just thinking to have a safety plan only to safeguard you or your family members in case of something catastrophic?
- Did you think about preventive care? If so, how much you expect from the health plan.
- How comprehensive do you need your health insurance to be?
- Do you have any preference about doctors and hospitals or clinics?
- Do you know how the policy of a health insurance works?
- Are you familiar with the terms and conditions of health insurances? If not, read on to learn about the basic terms used in a health plan.
Let’s Talk About Your AffordabilityAs I have mentioned above affordability and needs are the most important factors whenever an individual thinks about getting a health insurance plan. However, affordability is the single most crucial factor for those who are running under a low financial ceiling. If you are running low in budget, you may not able to get the desired coverage no matter how essential your needs are. That’s why, if you are determined with your needs, ask yourself the following financial questions to evaluate you really can go with your needs.
- Do you often visit doctors?
- How much money you spend on medical bills in a year?
- How much money you spend on prescription drugs (both monthly and annual basis)?
- Do you believe you can meet the deductible and unlock the full coverage?
- Do you believe you can afford the monthly premium?
In conclusion, I believe it would be more easier for you to compare different health plans, if you could adjust your needs according to affordability. So don’t sign on an insurance plan unless you have the balance between the needs and budget. Take your time and pay your full attention to understand your affordability and needs.