In these days of spiraling medical costs, it is important to buy a health insurance policy. You may not get the best out of the deal if you don’t do some groundwork in advance. You can achieve this by doing a comparative study of the policies available in the market, their prices and coverage, and also the companies that are selling health insurance policies.
Visiting all the companies in your locality may not be a feasible option in terms of time, money, and energy. One option could be to talk to your friends who have bought health insurance policies and get their feedback. A drawback can be that your friends may not have a policy that would suit your needs. Another option could be to visit the health insurance department and get their list of reputable companies. If this is not possible for you to do, then the best option would be to do a search on the Internet.
Search the net and you will find many companies offering health insurance. Browse through the websites to find the companies offering policies that best meet your needs. You’ll get an idea of the policies available in the market, their cost, and the diseases they cover. You also need to decide whether you want individual health insurance coverage, or coverage for the entire family.
Most companies offer free online brochures, and you can download them on your computer. You can then study the rates and the health insurance plans. For example, there are fee-for-service plans, managed care plans, HMOs or health maintenance organizations, PPOs or preferred provider organizations, and POS or point of service plans. If you opt for managed service plans, also called pre-paid plans, you can get comprehensive heath service individually or for the entire family. As is evident from the word ‘prepaid,’ the payment to the health provider is made in advance.
PPOs and POS plans are also managed care plans and they also provide the services offered under the fee-for-service and HMO plans. But you have to pay a higher premium to avail these plans.