Affordable Health Insurance - Educate Yourself About HMO"s & PPO"s and You Can Save Big
Unfortunately, the rising health costs have forced many employers to stop offering benefits to their workers because they simply can't afford to pay for it any longer.
This has left many individuals and families scrambling to try and find some type of health care plan to protect themselves in the event of a medical emergency.
Even the cost of visiting a doctor for the most routine things such as colds and flu have become very expensive, not to mention the cost of buying a prescription, if needed.
The best approach to take for someone that has never had an individual or family health insurance policy before would be to learn all that they can about what is available to them, what these plans cover, on a day to day basis and in the event of an emergency, what restrictions and benefits each offers and, finally, compare how much each plan costs.
These are the two most popular types of health insurance plans available: Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO's) With an HMO you'll pay a flat fee or "premium".
You are restricted to seeing a doctor or going to a hospital within the Health Maintenance Organization in order for your visit to be covered.
HMO's can be sponsored by government employers, labor union, hospitals, etc.
Hmo's encourage preventive medicine.
This means seeing your doctor on a regular schedule in order to prevent potential problems in the future.
These plans pay for a wide range of benefits including; diagnostic medicine, emergency room visits, physician, hospital stay and more.
Your spouse and children are allowed to continue using the plan in the event of your death or divorce.
Preferred Provider Organizations (PPO's) PPO's have some similarities to discount dental plans.
Your insurance company comes to terms with a network of doctor's and hospitals who agree to provide medical care at a discount in order to receive a higher volume of patients and quick payments in full.
By knowing the differences of the types of health plans that are available to you, you can make an educated decision on what your individual or family health care needs are before you you buy.