Top 10 Different Types of Health Insurance Plans

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Everybody wants to lead a hale and healthy life. After working very hard throughout his career, an individual at least needs a guarantee that his life and lives of his family members are secure and in safe hands. An individual looks for health security, the confidence that he/she can face even major ailments without having financial issues. To make this possible, an individual needs to insure his/her health. Health insurance is an insurance against the risk of incurring medical expenses among individuals. By estimating the risk of health system expenses before hand, the insurer devises a strategy which requires the individual to pay premiums accordingly and the insurer company will ultimately see to it that health and medical expenses will not be a burden to the individual (even in his/her difficult times). Here, we discuss different types of health insurance plans, their advantages, their scope of health security and premium levels that individuals need to pay.

 

1. Health Savings Account

health savings account

Health Savings Account allows you to save money for present or future medical expenses on a tax free basis. However, you will have to pay the timely deductibles which are timed quarterly, half yearly or yearly. This plan involves the companies for which an individual works; companies are the ones which offer such insurance plans. It includes deduction of salary timely and addition of funds to the health savings account. It is an effective way of cutting taxes, at the same time saving something for your health. The health benefits include catastrophic health care, reimbursement on damaged eyeglasses and hearing aids. They might also include traditional health checkups, preventive cares and child checkups sometimes.

 

2. Indemnity Plans

indemnity plans

Indemnity plans is basically related to hospitals and medicine. This plan allows you to go to the best doctor or the best hospital available. Sophisticated and advanced medicines prescribed by the doctor can also be taken. The hospital submits a bill to the insurance company and claims the medical fee reimbursement. The major parts of the expenses are reimbursed by the insurance company. However, the minor parts of the expenses are to be paid by the individuals. Sometimes, the individuals will have to pay the excess amount incurred. The cost incurred before the start of reimbursement also needs to be paid by the individual. Every company wants their employees to be hale and healthy; so has an insurance plan in place for its employees. Such insurance plans are offered to the employees of a company with collaboration with an insurance company. Most of such plans offer a lifetime benefit.

 

3. Health Maintenance Organization

health maintenance organization

This insurance plan enables you to pay a fixed amount of premium and enjoy a wide range of health benefits. The individual need not pay for individual health plans/benefits. The health benefits start off with preventive care and go up to complicated surgeries. Individual needs to choose his/her own general practitioner who will take care of his/her health throughout. The practitioner chosen should be qualified and experienced. A qualified and established physician’s advice can be taken to make the choice of the practitioner. Sometimes insurance companies have their set of hospitals and doctors, individuals require to go to those concerned doctors/hospitals to avail insurance. Companies must have negotiated discounts with those hospitals/doctors.

 

4. Preferred Provider Organization

Preferred Provider Organization

Preferred Provider Organization allows you to visit any doctor/hospital and get your medical care or treatment done for a subsidized fee. You will have to pay premiums on a timely basis which are quite low comparatively. PPOs have deals negotiated with several doctors/hospitals which form the PPO network. If you chose to consult a doctor within the network, you will just have to pay the fixed service fee (low); if you chose to go to a doctor outside the network you will have to bare 20-30% of the expenses. In the second case, insurance doesn’t help you out completely. The main advantage with PPO is that it allows you to choose any doctor without consultation by paying the annual/quarterly/half yearly premium.

 

5. Point of Service plans

point of service plans

Point of Service plans are plans devised with Health Maintenance and Health Care as their main motives. It has the features of both HMO and PPO. The individual is given two options when it comes to this insurance plan: She/he can have her/his primary care physician, go to him and get the medication done by paying the doctor the co-payment (service fee). The second option gives individuals the freedom to go to any doctor or hospital they like irrespective of its inclusion in the company network. However, the individual will have to pay the part of the bill (20-30%). POS plans require the individuals to pay deductibles apart from the above mentioned fee. Deductibles are to be paid before the insurance period starts/reimbursement of medical bills start.

 

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