Private health insurance can be taken up by consumers by paying a monthly premium for individuals or families. There are various advantages that private health insurance provides and below are just some of the reasons why consumers should be taking up one.
Choices! Choices! Choices! You have more choices with a private health insurance.
You can cater the coverage to your specific needs. For example, group health insurance does not usually come with maternity coverage. If this might be important to you, not only can you opt for the coverage but you can also decide upon the level of the coverage.
Besides adding on to the coverage, you can also choose to drop any options or cover that you deem unnecessary. This can help reduce your premium quite significantly.
You also get to choose the deductible and the copayment of the insurance plan. By choosing a higher deductible (must be within your financial limits), you also get to bring down your premium. You can also choose to bring down your monthly premiums by eliminating items that are needless for yourself or the family in the plan.
One big advantage of private health insurance as compared to employer sponsored group insurance is that your coverage is valid and yours as long as you pay the premium. Hence the insurance coverage for yourself and your family is independent of external circumstances like job, unemployment etc.
Private health insurances are more stringent in their conditions of acceptance. Consumers have to undergo health checks and some pre-existing conditions may render a person ineligible for private health insurance for those conditions.
Private health insurances also base their premiums on age. Hence the premiums will rise gradually in correlation with the consumers’ age. Hence it is critical to review the private health insurance cost annually and decide if maintaining the private health insurance is the best choice for you.
Private health insurance may also be less comprehensive than group health insurance. Hence often, consumers will find that conditions and treatments (such as maternity) once covered by their private health insurance are no longer valid.
There is a variety of choices out there for private health insurance and consumers can search online for the best plan for them with optimal coverage at a reasonable cost. For some consumers, it might be better to enlist help of trained professionals who can suggest the best private health insurance for them based on their needs.
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