Sunday, August 17, 2008
Today I visited someone close in hospital. She is undergoing knee surgery. I wish her all the best for her fast and safe recovery.
Visiting hospital always gets you into deep thought. It’s a traumatic experience for all, patients, relatives, and friends. It incurs deep problems, both emotional, and financial. It is one of those financial emergencies that occurs (most of the times) without any prior notice and has huge cost. Some of the regular steps that I take to cover and reduce my medical expenses include:
1) Have an yearly body checkup
2) Have an yearly dentist and eye specialist visit
3) Eat healthy diet
4) Have some kind of daily exercise, may be a small walk to market, or take stairs to work instead of lift.
5) Have a proper medical insurance
Steps 1- 4 are precautionary, they reduce my chances of some big medical trouble. Step 5 provides me a sense of security that if some emergency happens, there will be someone to partly take care of my expenses. The things that I keep in mind before choosing my insurance plan are:
1) Insurance costs a lot but having none costs more.
2) Right age to get yourself health insurance – As Early As Possible (ASAP).
3) Benefits and costs vary widely from plan to plan. If you have choices, you'll have to examine each one closely to find the best deal.
4) The cheapest plan is the one with the best price for the benefits you're most likely to use.
5) Most policies cover doctor visits, but benefits for mental health, prescription drugs and dental care are strictly optional.
6) The more flexibility you demand, the more you'll pay.
Choose your medical insurance plan properly, and at appropriate age and save yourself some big trouble at the already troubled time.