How to Choose a Good Health Insurance Plan
A good health insurance plan is one of the most important things you need to have for yourself and for your family. But what should a good health insurance plan consist of?
It can be a bit of a challenge today to find the right insurance plan for yourself and your family because of the diverse options available. However, when you are choosing a good health insurance plan, do not simply base your decision on the cost of the monthly premium.
Know the details of the health insurance plan – what it covers and what it does not cover. Also find out the health insurance plan's in-network as opposed to out-of-network coverage and expenses. What are its co-payment amounts, deductible amount per family member if applicable, and the coverage caps?
Understand what your needs and your family's needs are when you are deciding on what health insurance to get. Should the health insurance plan cover just you or should it cover you and your spouse? Should it cover you and one child or do you need a health insurance plan that will cover your entire family?
The next step is to find out the health needs of everyone whom you want to include in your health insurance plan. This step can be quite complicated. Are you and the others in good health overall? Does anyone have any pre-existing conditions? Would you at any time feel the need to approach certain medical specialists or institutions? Once you answer these questions, you will be ready to start choosing a good health insurance plan.
You will need to gather all possible health insurance options available for you and your needs. If your employer is offering group insurance, your options may be limited. If you are self-employed, you will have to choose from the different private health insurance plans. Whatever your case is, you need to understand the difference between the two basic types of health insurance plans offered today: the Indemnity Plan and the Managed Care Plan.
With an Indemnity Plan, you are free to choose when and where you want to get medical assistance. This type of health insurance plan has a higher out-of-pocket cost, but for many people, the added price is fair when they consider the freedom they are getting.
With a Managed Care Plan, you are required to only use the services of medical professionals and institutions that are part of the plan's "network". In general, you would need pre-approval for medical services beyond basic preventive care. In terms of costs, the costs of Managed Care Plan are lower.
A Managed Care Plan is a good choice if you (or your dependents) do not have major health problems, are not concerned about who provides you medical services, or have to keep tabs on your medical costs.
Of course, this was just a very basic overview of the two types of health insurance plans. You can research these two plans and study them more deeply.
After deciding if you want a Managed Care Plan or Indemnity Plan, the next step you need to take is choosing the right health insurance company to provide you the health coverage you need. There are many health insurance companies today – from the famous corporate giants to the small, single-owned business.
You need to thoroughly research these companies before you make a decision. You can use the Internet to research companies, ask others for recommendations, and read literature so you can understand each insurance company's claims filing procedures. Armed with the necessary information, you'll be able to choose the right health insurance company for you and your family.