Many people don’t purchase health insurance because it is too pricey. Health insurance providers can usually offer a wide variety of plans, but it’s tough to know which is best. The following article contains some very useful advice that will help you navigate the health insurance maze, and find the best way to provide yourself and/or your family with much-needed coverage.
Check out your company’s wellness program, if they offer one, to save money. Employees who are willing to go in for a checkup may be eligible for discounts. You might be able to find fitness programs that will help your employer save money on insurance coverage, which will lower your premiums.
Vision insurance can be worth having if you have vision issues, or if your family has a history of vision problems. Vision insurance covers a part of your eye exams and will also pay for at least part of your contact lense or eyeglass purchases. Vision insurance isn’t mandatory and therefore may not be worth the cost for some individuals.
Re-assess your prescription coverage every year. Sometimes health insurers change the medications they will cover, so each year when you re-enroll, review the terms carefully. If medication that you need to take every day is suddenly dropped from your coverage, it might be prudent to search for another insurance company.
Look to catastrophic coverage instead of comprehensive coverage if you are looking for cost savings on your insurance. Catastrophic coverage only covers major medical expenses, like hospitalization and emergency surgeries; in comparison, comprehensive covers that, plus most minor health care related costs like physicals and prescriptions.
Opting for generic, rather than name brand drugs, will save you money. Studies confirm that no real drop-off in quality occurs when you go to a generic brand. Only in the few cases where there is no generic should you opt for the name brand.
Health insurance companies want to make money and often look for people who don’t know about all the available coverages, so make sure you do your research to ask the right questions. This will help you get the best, lowest-cost plan. Use the advice from this article to arm yourself with knowledge when you need to buy or renew health insurance coverage, and get the most for your hard earned money.