With individual health insurance, it certainly seems to be the case that you will pay more than you would have to for group insurance. This makes it all the more important that you compare the different options available. The best advice is to shop around until you get the right price for your needs.
What Other Options You Have
If you are considering taking out individual health insurance, then there are a number of questions you need to ask yourself. These questions are as follows:
* Does the policy cover the doctor’s bills?
* Is there a limit on the number of hospital stays, covered?
* Do you have to pay for services before the insurance pays you?
* How much do you have to have paid in premiums before they will give you a payout?
* Are accidents and emergencies covered by the policy?
* How far does it cover for long standing health problems?
You should never take on an individual health insurance plan before you are quite clear of the commitment on your part and what the benefits are. It is a mistake to take out health insurance and then assume what it is intended to cover. Just in case you have an accident and find out that you are not covered by your insurance for that. Another thing to consider is whether the plan includes visits to the dentist. If it doesn’t then you will need separate coverage for that.
Premiums are an important element of the insurance and may affect your decision on which individual health insurance plan you take out. Premiums for individual health insurance plans tend to be higher than group plans and there are times when premiums may be even higher. This is especially the case if you have existing health issues – for example you have a weight problem, or are a smoker.
Premiums are also likely to be higher if you have allergies or if you suffer from asthma. In each of these cases your premium is likely to be higher than if you were perfectly healthy with no history of any medical problems. This is because, if there is a problem with your health, you are a lot more likely to be an insurance risk than not.
Difficulty In Finding Individual Health Insurance
Some people do find it increasingly difficult to find health insurance to suit them because many insurance companies do not accept people who have a medical history that shows they have had problems in the past.
All insurance companies are different but if:
* You have a condition and have not consulted a doctor
If you have a health problem that your doctor cannot explain
* Or, if you have a health problem where you have not yet completed treatment
You are likely to be turned down for insurance. This is because an insurance company is there to make a profit so they really do not want to pay out unless it is absolutely necessary. People with chronic illnesses or people who are having current medical problems are a lot more likely to file a claim than those who don’t and insurance companies do not like that!
Short-Term Individual Health Insurance
It is possible to apply for temporary individual health insurance and this usually comes in most helpful for people who are working part time. This is because, when you change jobs or you go into working part time, you will not be offered the full group insurance in the same way as full-time employees.
Bear in mind that with temporary health insurance, it usually only lasts up to 36 months, at the most, but it in some cases the period is only 12 months. They do not take on anybody who has any current health problems, so you do have to be perfectly healthy and have no current or previous problems.
Overall, when finding the right health insurance to suit you, you really need to do as much research as possible and compare as many different plans as you can. This helps you to find the best price and coverage for you and you will know what is actually covered in your insurance. That will give you a peace of mind.