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10 Things To Consider Before Accepting A Medical Insurance Quote

Aug 26, 2008
When you are considering health insurance it is essential that you ask a number of specific questions about a health insurance plan quote to ensure that you get the right cover at the right price. Here we look at 10 questions that you need to ask:

Question 1. What out of pocket expenses and deductible will you have to pay? No medical insurance plan is going to meet all of your medical bills and you will usually have to meet a deductible before your insurer will pay out at all and will also ask you to meet certain other expenses.

Question 2. What examinations and health screenings are you covered for? Health plans vary widely when it comes to preventative care and you will have to look to see what screening tests are covered. For example, does the plan cover all family members including babies, kids and adults and allow for things like as breast examinations, mammograms and pap smears?

Question 3. Is specialist care and referrals covered? When you require a referral to a specialist this might or might not be covered and, if it is covered, might have restrictions placed upon that cover.

Question 4. How is emergency care and hospitalization treated? Sometimes you will find that both emergency care and hospitalization are only be covered when they have been pre-approved and you need to fully understand the conditions under which this form of treatment will be covered.

Question 5. What prescriptions costs are covered? You will have to check out any accompanying prescription plan carefully to determine what drugs are covered and the extent to which you might be required to meet part of the cost of any drugs prescribed.

Question 6. Are both vision and dental care covered? In a lot of cases medical insurance plans will not cover vision and dental care and these then have to be covered under separate plans.

Question 7. Are psychiatric services, psychotherapy or mental health services covered? Although a lot of medical plans will provide cover for mental illness in its various different form cover is frequently limited and you will normally find that there is a limit to the amount of cover provided.

Question 8. Is hospital, home health and nursing home care covered? While the majority of plans will offer reasonably good hospital cover you will have to look at exactly what cover is provided for nursing homes and home health care.

Question 9. Is rehabilitation and physiotherapy covered? Medical plans will frequently separate out initial treatment and follow-up rehabilitation and physiotherapy and so it is vital to find out exactly what is and what is not covered.

Question 10. Is alternative care covered? As an increasing number of people turn to alternative forms of treatment like acupuncture or holistic treatments insurers are increasingly including cover for such treatments. It is however still early days for alternative treatment and, should this be a form of treatment which you wish to take advantage of, you will need to check to see to what extent it is covered.

The ten questions here are important when you are considering any health insurance quote but you might wish to include other items to your own list like how much paperwork is involved when making a claim under the plan and how much choice you will have in terms of hospitals, doctors and other care facilities. The most important thing however is to ensure that you fully understand just what cover you are getting and how much it will cost before signing an application for cover.
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