It seems that the more insurance one has the higher go the fees. Doctors now earn substantially more than they did proportionally few years ago. While they know that their patients can recover most of the cost for their service they rarely get an argument from them. In Australia we have the Medicare system that covers everything for those without private health.
The previous Prime Minister, Tony Abbot, put this extra burden on people that they must have health insurance. Only the pensioners above 75 years are now covered by bulk billing. That is they are not charged and the government pays for them. Prior to the Abbot changes everyone had this type of benefit but the cost was unsustainable.
Because of that rise in fees the government is now looking for ways to cut it back even further. The increase in population from overseas migrants is putting an extra burden on the system. Some of these people will go to two or three doctors in the same day thinking they will get better quicker. Some are also getting extra drugs and selling them overseas.
Modern medicine is expensive and now the vets are also on a par with the medical profession as far as fees go. The debate that they do much the same amount of study is a logical claim but when one has no insurance against their bills it is rather tough for many to afford it. Pet ownership is suffering as a result.
We can’t go backwards to old systems because it becomes too complicated. Once people earn more it is hard to take it away again. This is yet another dilemma the government is dealing with as there appears to be no way they can force a decrease in the cost of the medical bills covered by their program. The cost of private insurance is also rising beyond what most and now afford.
As you probably know all to well, the cost of healthcare and health insurance premiums continue to increase at levels substantially above the general inflation rate. The reasons given for these extraordinary cost increases are numerous and include: technological advancements in the medical field, increased demand for medical services and prescription drugs, the aging of the population, cost shifting caused by the uninsured and governmental reimbursement rates, state and federal mandates, and costs associated with medical related lawsuits.
As individual consumers, we have very little control over some of the factors contributing to the cost of healthcare. However, all of us have control over lifestyle related health insurance claims. A simple formula of eating a balanced diet, getting the appropriate amount of daily exercise, participating in annual physicals and other recommended routine care, limiting alcohol consumption, and eliminating the use of tobacco products will no doubt reduce our personal healthcare costs. In addition to reducing medical costs, the other benefits of following such a formula include more energy, self confidence, less stress, and increased productivity. If you are not doing so already, I encourage you to consider practical ways to promote a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. For example, one of the individual health insurance companies my organization works with has an option that will offset 25% of the annual cost of a health club membership. Simple things such as taking a walk, bike ride, or going swimming promote both a healthy body and mind. If you have a sweet tooth, consider limiting yourself to eating desert once a week. You will enjoy it more and your body will thank you.
Health insurance premiums will continue to increase as long as the cost of healthcare continues to go up. The best way to reduce the overall cost of healthcare is to decrease our need for healthcare. Healthy lifestyle choices and prudent use of the healthcare system are the best and easiest ways to get a handle on our healthcare expenditures. Perhaps the greatest benefit of a healthy lifestyle is our ability to enjoy our precious time here on earth to the fullest.
If you believe you are paying too much for health insurance or if you are currently uninsured, it might be time to shop around. Most major health insurance plans cost a lot. Then, you end up paying for benefits you do not use, and high deductibles and co-pays make it difficult for your plan to pay you any benefits at all. Something needs to change. Maybe you should try fixed indemnity hospital insurance or minimum essential coverage.
A fixed indemnity hospital insurance plan pays pre-set dollar amounts for specific health care services. The benefits you receive for health care service is the same regardless of where you receive your care or how much your provider charges. This makes you a consumer because you will need to shop around to find providers that offer the best prices. Some plans are more robust than others but they are not meant for people who need to see the doctor regularly. In fact, these plans generally do not accept pre-existing conditions.
These plans can also be used to augment your major health insurance. Every policy will have gaps in coverage, even if that gap is just a very high deductible. A hospital indemnity plan might actually fill that gap with additional coverage at an affordable price. Also realize these benefits are typically paid directly to the insured and do not have a coordination of benefits agreement. This means you might be reimbursed for a service your major health insurance plan already paid for.
The minimum essential coverage plan is based on the individual mandate language in the affordable care act. The federal law made it mandatory for everyone to have health insurance but only at a level that covered what they called minimum essential coverage. This coverage is basically annual checkups, specific screenings and counseling for certain individuals. Essentially if you have one of these plans the irs could not penalize you for not having adequate health care. These plans are ridiculously cheap but are really only for people who are fit and healthy. This is a whole new plan developed especially because of the affordable care act and the realization that not everyone can afford a major health insurance policy.
Healthy people might be paying too much for health insurance. This is because they have been fooled into thinking a major health insurance plan is their only option. Fixed indemnity hospital insurance and minimum essential coverage plans both offer an alternative solution at great prices. It cannot be reemphasized enough that these plans are not for people that are not fit and healthy. Any insurance plan is an agreement to take on a certain risk with an insurance company. Please talk with a professional before deciding if either on of these plans is right for you.