There are a plethora of Health Insurance providers online, most offering fairly competitive policies at decent rates. The sheer amount of choice makes it confusing when you’re trying to decide between companies, and if you don’t know what to look for you may miss out on a good deal, or worse, be stung by hidden costs or not receive the cover you paid for.
The first thing to look for when choosing an insurance company is to make sure that the terms and conditions are stated in a manner that is clear and easy to understand. A good company won’t try to befuddle you with jargon. Don’t be afraid to clarify certain points, and to get those clarifications in writing. This can save you a lot of pain and hassle in the long run.
You also want to make very sure that your company is not offering policies which they will then cancel if you get sick. It does sound ridiculous, but some companies will cancel policies if the holder becomes ill. Make sure the policy is guaranteed renewable and non cancellable. A company that tries to dump it’s holders when they need the policy they paid for is unlikely to be a good insurance partner to you in the long run.
Look for a cancellation period when you’re considering signing up, a period during which time if you change your mind you can receive a refund and cancel the policy with no penalty. A good company does not make money by tying people into policies they don’t want.
Finally, check with consumer institutes as to the companies reputation. Stay away from companies that appear deluged with complaints, they are unlikely to serve you any better than they served their previous customers. Talk to friends and family, and get an idea of the experiences they have had. Much can be learned from word of mouth information.
Above all, take your time. Choosing a health insurance provider is an important decision, and not one you should feel rushed about.