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Comparing Health Insurance

Comparing Health Insurance

With the costs of medical care constantly rising, choosing the right health insurance plan is an important decision. Comparing health insurance plans and choosing the right one can be a daunting task, it is possible to find a suitable plan for any situation.

For many people, cost is a main concern when comparing health insurance policies. It is important to remember, though, that lower monthly premiums are not always a good thing. In addition to finding out the cost of coverage, be sure to look into deductibles, co-pays, and other potential out-of-pocket costs. Be sure to check the policy's lifetime limits as well.

Comparing Health Insurance - Check With Your Primary Physician

If you already have a primary care physician and are not looking to switch doctors, it is crucial to find out what types of insurance your doctor accepts. Many health insurance plans require patients to visit certain doctors, so visits to your current physician may not be covered by all plans. This is also important if you are currently seeing a specialist for a particular condition. In addition to finding out whether or not that specialist is covered, it is important to find out whether or not you will need to be referred by your primary care physician or if you are allowed to go directly to the specialist.

Comparing Health Insurance - Emergency Care

Emergency care is another important aspect of any health insurance plan. While nearly all plans offer some type of coverage for emergency care and hospital visits, it is necessary to find out what hospital you are allowed to go to and whether or not you need to speak with your primary care provider prior to seeking emergency care. You should also be sure to understand what the policy defines as an “emergency”.

Comparing Health Insurance - Preventative Medicine

Routine health care, preventative screenings, and prescription drug coverage should also be considered when comparing health insurance policies. If you want to have access to these services, make sure to determine whether or not an insurer provides such coverage. The coverage for routine exams, preventative care, and prescription drugs varies widely among private insurance companies, so finding out the exact details is important when deciding whether or not a particular plan is right for you. 

Lastly, carefully check for any exclusions on the policy. Many providers will not provide coverage for pre-existing conditions. There are also some conditions that are not covered by all health insurance companies. Additional services such as mental health care may also be excluded.

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