What Is An Annual Deductible In Health Care Insurance

March 28, 2016 Off By Dante Filyaw

Knowing how your health insurance deductible works is more than significant if you are going to select the right health plan. You should grasp the basic arithmetic that applies to health insurance deductibles, how copays and coinsurance affect your costs for health expenses and how your deductible impacts what you will pay to your health insurance company.

The dollar amount of your health insurance deductible is the amount you will have to pay toward certain medical costs before your health insurance company pays toward your care. This means that if you have a five thousand dollar deductible, you will have to pay at least 5 thousand if you have $10,000 worth of costs.

(If your medical insurance contract has coinsurance, you may have to pay something after you have paid your deductible. You may have copays as well.)

Medical insurance deductibles are applied to the eligible expenses you have over the course of a year. This means that you can meet your annual deductible by having a large hospital bill or several physician’s visits. The twelve month period will probably begin on the first of January, but may begin you your contract’s effective date.

You do not have to pay your total deductible if you don’t use your insurance. This means that if you have a $1,000 deductible, but have only five hundred dollars in expenses, you will only need to pay $500.

Your annual deductible may not be everything you need to pay towards your health treatment. You may also have co-pays and coinsurance. Unless someone else, like your employer, is paying for your contract you will also have a premium to pay.

One very crucial thing to grasp about medical insurance deductibles is that they do not work the same way in all healthcare insurance plans. In some health insurance policies all of your medical expenses will be subject to the annual deductible. In others only hospital costs are.Different policies work differently, so be aware of this.

Because of this a zero yearly deductible plan will typically not be a zero cost policy. Policies with no annual deductible will tend to have requirements that you pay coinsurance.

You should not assume that you will only pay a small copay for a doctor visit just because a contract you had in the past worked this way. This is the case with some contracts but not all insurance contracts. Also with many plans you will find that the physician’s fee is covered by the copay, but any X-rays or labs will not be. Those will be subject to the deductible.

The size of your annual deductible is a big factor in determining what you will have to pay for your plan. The higher the annual deductible, the more you will have to pay if you have medical expenses, but the lower your premium for your contract.

The cost goes up faster than the yearly deductible goes down in many cases, high yearly deductible medical insurance plans are often better bargains when compared with low or no deductible health insurance policies.

Understanding medical insurance deductibles can help you select the right plan. However, you will also need to have a handle on how copays as well as coinsurance can provisions are applied in any health insurance plan you are considering in order to to compare them and pick the right one.