The first thing to think about when reviewing health insurance quotes is if the plan covers routine check-ups. You should look at a plan that covers well-child care plus immunizations, well-woman care and routine tests such as blood pressure checks and routine cancer screenings. A good insurance plan will cover this kind of preventative care.
Make sure that you consider the obstetric benefits that the plan has to offer. Consider also the potential health of the baby. Will this plan cover birth defects or a seriously ill infant? Are pediatric specialists covered under this plan? Would a stay at a Children’s Hospital be covered? Once your child is born, it is too late to ask these questions. Make sure you are prepared. Look into what kind of birth control is covered under the plan. If the options are not acceptable to you, look at another plan.
Your pharmacy needs are another concern to be addressed. Many health insurance plans do not cover medications. Some plans cover medications, but only generic drugs. If heart disease or diabetes runs in your family, consider this when choosing a plan. You may not need those drugs today, but it would be a shame to be diagnosed and then discover that your insurance plan won’t cover your needs.
Each insurance company has a list of approved doctors. Look at the list and see if you like the doctors, and see if they are local. Make sure that every specialist that you need, or might need in the case of family history, is on the list. Make sure that the doctors on the list are contracted to work at the local hospital. They may be approved by the insurance company, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are contracted at a hospital that is convenient to you.
Verify that the hospital in your town is contracted with your insurance plan. Otherwise, you might have to travel a long distance to use a contracted hospital. This could become very inconvenient and even life-threatening in the event of a medical emergency.
It is important to consider just how much the plan will pay out in a catastrophic situation. This is really the reason for insurance. Most of us could afford to pay for the small stuff, it’s the big medical problems that we need to make sure the insurance plan covers. Consider cancer, heart attacks or traumatic injuries. Will the insurance plan limit your hospital stay? Will it consider experimental drugs? What about transplants? Hopefully you will never need to use these options, but it would be tragic if you needed these services and they were denied by your plan.
Consider any dental and vision options offered with your insurance plan. Does the dental cover orthodontics? Does it include x-rays? Is it for cleaning only, or will it pay for more extensive dental work? Will the vision plan cover routine exams only or will it cover more serious diseases of the eye? Will it replace lost or broken glasses? What about contact lenses? What about sunglasses?
It is important to consider all of these issues when evaluating health insurance quotes. It is easy to overlook these issues if you are young and healthy, but once the medical issues arise, it is too late to ask questions. Consider all of the possibilities and the financial effects before you choose a plan.
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