We all know the importance of looking after ourselves. Sure, it means exercising and eating well. But it goes beyond that. We need to insure ourselves against situations that are beyond our control.
Misfortune usually strikes without warning and often when we are least prepared. This is where good medical coverage is a necessity. For if we do not have medical coverage, not only will our health suffer, but our financial health will suffer greatly as well.
Full medical insurance is one of the perks of working for an employer with a full medical benefits package. But what if your employer doesn't offer a medical program or, you are self employed.
Low cost insurance is an option if you have to cover the cost of insurance yourself. But the low cost may imply that it is only the most basic of coverages. Check the reputation of your health care provider, and know that most well established companies will not vary greatly and their prices will be in a close range for the same services. If you find a quote that appears very low, you may wish to look at it more closely and compare it to other basic programs.
But if you can find a policy with all the coverage you need, and not pay a high premium, then take advantage of it. No one wants to pay more than they need to for anything they need to buy.
Now, if you and your family need greater coverage, or you feel your health is an issue, a carefully selected policy will give you coverage for many kinds of situations that the low end, standard insurance may not.
Major medical insurance can be far more comprehensive in the situations they will provide coverage for. It may provide you with coverage while you are away from home. This is an issue that many people do not consider. Your basic, low cost coverage may have restrictions that could be hazardous.
Also, major medical insurance can provide you with services that you may otherwise not have access to in a basic coverage package. If you want a private hospital room when you are sick, or special care ambulance service, major medical coverage will take care of this.
It is difficult to predict what our medical needs will be in the future. Many people prefer to cover all bases if they can afford the extensive coverage premiums.
Whether you are buying basic or full coverage, investing in any insurance should be done with care and education. You need to know about the provider as well as the policy. You need to know about the health yourself and your family. And you want to make sure you can financially afford the better program.
One thing is for sure. If you have no medical insurance, you certainly cannot afford that policy.
Bob Buckham is webmaster of http://www.canadalifeco.com and has been contributing insurance and mortgage articles to the finance industry for years.