More and more, even in domestic insurance, people are looking for a high deductible. That simply means the amount of money the client pays before the insurance starts to cover medical costs. Many people used to ask for a $100 or $250 deductible. We are advising clients to consider a $1,000 deductible. That sounds unreasonably high to many people. Yet the premium savings are so significant that generally the money saved in one year from lower premiums (the higher the deductible the lower the premiums) will more than make up for the higher deductible if a person had to use insurance for hospitalization.
Most of us, in a crunch, could find $5,000. It is the $50,000 and $100,000 bill that scares us. We do have clients asking for $5,000 deductibles. And we do have plans that offer $10,000 and $20,000 deductibles. One way to look at this is to ask yourself, “How many years since I have been hospitalized or had a health insurance bill over $5,000?” If it has been a long time, and you are in relatively good health, maybe a $5,000 deductible would work for you.
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