Buying cheap medical insurance is quite a paradox. There are no statistics to prove that you will get quality service with an expensive medical insurance policy or that cheap medical insurance will give you terrible service. Here are some pointers as to how you can reduce your premium when you renew or acquire a medical insurance policy.
Medical Insurance Basics
A medical insurance policy provides coverage in case you fall ill, have an accident or require long term medical treatment. It generally covers doctor’s fees, laboratory tests, medications, x-rays, maternity care and surgery. It also covers things such as wheelchairs, artificial limbs, crutches, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, scans and eyeglasses. Coverage of specific things is clearly spelled out in your health insurance policy. You should find out from your insurer what coverage will not be provided, as it varies from company to company. For instance Tesco Health Insurance will not provide coverage for HIV or AIDS treatments, pregnancy, mental illnesses and chronic conditions. If you need coverage for these things, you will have to take out a separate policy for them.
Private Health Insurance
NHS’ falling standards in patient care and follow-ups has caused a great deal of difficulty for patients. Approximately 90,000 patient complaints were recorded in 2006 (according to NHS information center). With such a dreadful figure, you will naturally feel disheartened as medical bills and insurance policy are no longer cheap. In such situations it is recommended that you opt for a private health insurance provider. Most of them offer great value for money and offer several discounts. On top of that, with private medical insurance companies there are few unnecessary delays or last minute cancellations.
Medical Insurance Online
With so many consumer products available on the internet, insurance products are also easily accessible online. Statistics have shown that more than 50% of Britons purchased their car insurance policy online, with several expressing their eagerness to use the internet to purchase a medical insurance policy. The reasons cited by customers are online discounts, convenience, functionality and practicality.
Slash Medication Costs
Being on long term medication can be expensive and increases the cost of medical insurance premiums. You can slash the price by trying alternative therapies or finding discounts for your medication. Some websites or pharmacies give discounts when you buy in bulk. Quite often, a cheaper version of a drug is available in generic form; all you have to do is ask your doctor about it. This way you can substantially lower your medical insurance premium.
Keep in Mind
When you are shopping for health insurance, make sure that you reveal all your health related info such as family history, allergies and conditions to your would-be insurer. If you do not, your insurer might cancel your insurance policy mid-way upon discovering something that might disqualify your coverage. When you have acquired a medical insurance policy, read the policy details thoroughly to know what conditions covered and what medical conditions are excluded.