For many people, one of the big factors to think about is how much they can afford. How much you pay in insurance premiums will depend on how wide-ranging your cover is. In many cases, you can reduce the amount you pay in weekly or monthly premiums by increasing the excess you pay on any claims. We can help you work through how this could work for you and what the best strategy is to keep your insurance affordable while also providing adequate protection.
As you get older, you may find that your health insurance premiums increase. But this is also a time when it may be more likely that you’ll need to claim. We can help you understand how your cost of cover may increase over time and what you can do now to help prepare for that.
There are a lot of different options when it comes to health cover. You can get “everyday” policies that are designed to help reduce the cost of going to the GP, surgical policies that pay out when you need to have a procedure in a private health facility, and those that cover everything from the dentist to specialist care. It’s worth thinking about the options available and how they might work with the way you manage your money.
Are you most interested in having cover only for the most expensive health procedures, or would you like to know there’s help available with every aspect along the way? We can help you weigh up the pros and cons of different types of cover.
Some people are happy to “self-insure” and save up some money to pay for the costs of some private healthcare themselves. It’s worth taking the time to understand what this could mean, however.
Southern Cross reports regularly on the claims it pays, and said in the year to June 2021, four of its most expensive claims were for back surgeries that cost more than $200,000 each. The largest number of claims were for cryotherapy of skin lesions.
Are you interested in cover for treatments that are not funded by the Government’s drug buying agency, Pharmac?
Every so often, you hear of someone who is trying to raise money for a treatment that isn’t funded – maybe be a cancer medication that costs thousands of dollars a month. Sometimes, people turn to crowdfunding for help, which can be a tough experience.
Another option is having health insurance that includes non-Pharmac cover. Many health insurers offer a non-Pharmac option, designed to pay for treatments that are Medsafe-approved but haven’t been publicly funded yet. Like to know more? We can help you understand what is on offer and how it might work if you were to claim.
We are here to assist you in understanding what health cover options are available, what might be a good fit for you and whether your current level of protection is appropriate. Give us a call today for a thorough health insurance check-up.
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