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Medical Discount Plans-Yes Or No?

Todays Date: January 21, 2019

Health care costs are rising everywhere and insurance premiums are following pace, many consumers have begun to take a close look at medical discount plans. For those who can’t get coverage or can’t afford it, such plans amount to ‘the next best thing. For the insured they hold the promise of reduced costs.

Honest sellers of medical discount plans are upfront about the fact that they’re not selling actual insurance. Many dishonest sellers deceive consumers with exaggerated marketing hype, obscure fine print, and calculated omission, leading them to believe that what they are buying is actually health insurance.

Medical discount plans are not health insurance. Unlike health insurance, discount plans dont pay your medical claims. They give you access, for a fee, to a list of health care providers who have agreed to offer their services at a discounted rate. You’ll still have to pay the entire bill yourself. The right medical discount plan can help you save money on out-of-pocket expenses and can be a helpful weapon in combating high health care costs. The wrong plan will simply add to your overall tab.

Before purchasing a medical discount plan:

*Ask to see a list of discount providers – if the company refuses, walk away

*Check with your the Better Business Bureau or state department of insurance to see if there are consumer complaints against the company.

* What kind of complaints, and how were the they resolved?

*Read the fine print very carefully

*Research the company to see if it has a toll-free customer service number and a web site

*Look into claims that seem exaggerated or sound too good to be true

* Do the math to see if the potential savings of a medical discount plan justify the cost to purchase it.

*Don’t give in to high-pressure sales tactics, especially deadlines and limited-time offers

Medical discount plans can help reduce the high cost of health care if you take time to research different plans to find the right one.

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