How to get the most value from your health cover
Written on the 3 April 2019 by Arrow
It's time to schedule an annual checkup. A health insurance checkup, that is.
Because a lot can change in a year your needs may have changed, the insurance market has most certainly shifted and living expenses continue on an upwards trajectory.
For example, in 2018 some banks put their interest rates up, which can put extra stress on the family household budget.
So, let's take a look at the steps you can take to complete a health insurance policy checkup now.
Review your policy
Specifically, identify what level of cover and inclusions you're getting and whether the mix is still right for you, and look at how much you're paying. This will give you a good baseline for comparison.
Comparing inclusions and limits
- Hospital cover
At the basic level, you'll likely be covered for common hospital treatments and Medicare recognised services. But you'll probably face waiting periods, plus exclusions or restrictions around cardiac and cardiac-related services, plastic surgery, rehabilitation, psychiatric services and palliative care.
At the top of the range, you're more likely to be covered for pregnancy and birth-related services, obesity and weight loss surgery, joint replacements and renal dialysis. There may, however, be waiting periods associated with these procedures.
- Extras cover
Your entry level cover tends to be for the most common procedures things like preventative dental treatment, optical appliances, physiotherapy, chiropractic, osteopathy and preventative tests.
At the top end of the scale, you may be looking at receiving some cover for services such as hearing aids and speech processors, home nursing, antenatal classes and postnatal services.
Don't forget to compare your additional costs excesses for hospital admission, co-payments for hospital accommodation, and gap-fees when insurance doesn't cover the total cost of treatment.
For additional savings, look to see if you can secure cheaper cover if you pay premiums months in advance, or if you combine hospital and extras cover.
Finally, take note of any costs or penalties associated with switching providers.
With health insurance premiums set to rise in April, now's a great time to review your cover. For help finding the right cover for you and your family, get in touch.