Choosing a health insurance company
Health insurance companies have not enjoyed a lot of good press in recent years. Despite law suits, movies and books about scandals and corruption, most health insurance companies are run honestly and are there to offer financial protection against an unforeseen accident or illness. This protection offers great peace of mind, because after all, what good is life if you can’t enjoy it? Health insurance helps ensure that you will be able to live your life without constant worry.
While technology allows for basic comparisons of insurance plans, the best way to pick a health insurance company is to do a lot of research, and then call a company’s customer service. One of the main things you want to pay attention to how they handle your questions. Are they polite? Do they answer your questions? Can you understand what the individuals are saying, or were the jobs out sourced to a country that might not have the best English training program? If you’re impressed with the service, then give that company a high mark and consider them among the finalists. If the whole experience is giving you a migraine, it’s a safe bet that may not be the health insurance company you want handling your claims.
Not every health insurance company is perfect, but there are some basic things you should want from a company that you are going to give your business to, and also trust to follow through on their part when you really need it. Here are three things you should absolutely be looking for from any insurance company you’re considering:
* Fantastic customer service. This should be a no-brainer. If a health insurance company is really interested in their customers versus their customers’ wallets, then they are going to have excellent customer service to help you out in any way possible.
* A Large Solid Network. This means that the company is well established, and you have no fear of them folding up and disappearing on you tomorrow. When you do need to use the insurance, you know they have the money to pay.
* Competitive Pricing. If their prices are ridiculously high, then why would you even consider a policy from them? The same service costs the same amount no matter what health insurance policy you have, so why should you pay an extra $200 a month to a company for the same coverage? It doesn’t make any sense.
Go through this check list and then look at the specific policies of the health insurance companies you are interested in. Once you have a policy you like with a company you trust, then everything should fit together. Health insurance companies are there to provide services for their customers, and in an age where expenses for medical treatments continue to sky rocket, it is critical to find health insurance companies who can provide the type of coverage that people need and can afford.