Monday, February 25, 2019

2018 Healthcare Costs In The U.S. Hit $11,212 Per Person

By Coleen Elkins

RV Insurance Benefits

WOW! Are you aware American consumers are spending $3.65 Trillion dollars in Healthcare in a single year?

Why are companies like Amazon and Uber tapping into the healthcare industry? Did you know Amazon spent $1 Billion dollars to purchase pharmaceutical company PillPack?

Last year a purchase by CVS of Aetna Insurance companies was approved by the Department of Justice with a $70 Billion purchase price. Why would a big pharmaceutical company purchase an insurance company?

Can tech-companies involvement in the healthcare industry drive down costs or will they weaken the system even more? In the 1990's the United States ranked 6th in the world as a healthcare leader. The United States now ranks 27th. This data is based on life expectancy among 195 countries. It is rather interesting that it was in the 1990's the federal government became very active in regulating our nations healthcare.

The $3.65 Trillion healthcare spending for 2018 is expected to spike another 5.3 percent in 2019. 
The current inflation rate is 1.6% wage growth remains at 4% at this rate health care will be 19.4 percent of our nations GDP by 2027.

Despite the increased spending the U.S. Healthcare system is becoming less efficient and more frustrating for both patients and providers. Our healthcare system is regulated heavily by both State and Federal governments could that be a cost driver?

The United States creates statistics on consumer spending for all aspects of our lives. Even so they can't put their finger on the pulse of the cause of the out of control spending of our healthcare. Could some of the cause be ourselves as consumers for not pricing the cost of their healthcare?

For the last 24 years our health insurance agency has worked to help Americans insure their health in an ever evolving market.  We  found one common habit Americans share they tend to find a doctor or medical center they "love" and resist changing. Americans will spend more on a health plan if necessary to keep "their doctor".  They may be paying higher costs to keep their doctor in ways they are not even aware of.

When was the last time you asked your doctor what the cost of an office visit is?

There is a website Healthcare Blue Book where consumers can shop for healthcare services. Test it yourself by looking up "colonoscopy with a biopsy" in your zip code.  You may be stunned and amazed at the "fairest price and the highest price".

Options for imaging facilities are popping up all over the country! 

Are you looking to become more savvy about your healthcare? RV Insurance Benefits offers personalized customer service to everyone who calls us! Let us help you understand and maximize your health insurance and Medicare today. Call our toll free number @ 1-888-337-1705 and speak to a licensed agent today! 

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Surprise Medical Bills Are On The Rise

Surprise Medical Bills Are On The Rise! 

By Coleen Elkins- RV Insurance Benefits

As consumers we purchase health insurance to transfer risk from ourselves to an insurance company in the event of illness or and accident. We don't buy health insurance hoping to use it.

We want to spend as little money as possible to protect our assets. Our goal is to purchase a plan that meets our needs and our budget. We typically choose a health insurance company our doctor is contracted with.

In years past checking to see if your medical services are being covered "in network" was an easy task. In many cases the services are pre-approved by your insurance company.
It would be natural to think every aspect of your services are going to billed as an "in network cost".  You expect to have normal copays and deductibles after that you owe nothing. If you did some research you knew a head of time what the services were going to cost you.

Most people are unaware that how doctors and hospitals do business is changing. If you are not a savvy consumer these changes could result in you owing thousands of dollars over your deductible and co-insurance.

So what is at the heart of the matter? One cause is hospitals are contracting with doctors that are not employed by the hospital. Even though the hospital is in network those in the hospital treating you may be out of network. If they are out of network the insurance company typically is not going to pay those bills. You will then be directly billed by the healthcare provider and those bills could run into the tens of thousands of dollars.

If you have an HMO it can get even more complicated.

When seeking elective (non-emergency) services we recommend doing some research yourself.

Health insurance is often purchased online with a simple "click" and without the benefits being explained to you in detail. What you see online typically is a benefit highlight. How many people actually sit down and read their policies once they enroll in a plan?

There are some ways to educate yourself so you understand your benefits. One is to seek the services of an insurance agent that will help you understand your benefits when you are in the process of choosing them. Using the services of a licensed knowledgable agent are provided at no cost to you. Health insurance agents are paid by health insurance companies to be your personal customer service expert and advocate.

At RV Insurance Benefits our team of agents are RVers helping RVers. We understand your needs firsthand. We are here to help you and educate you so you can understand your benefits.Our agency stays on top of all legislative issues. Once your policy is in place your enrolling agent becomes your personal customer service representative.

We want to know what is important to you. Our goal is to provide you with information that is going to help you maximize your health insurance benefits.

We proudly offer health plan benefits to RVers that help them utilize benefits and control costs.

Those benefits include:

* Toll-free Concierge Service to assist you in finding the most affordable & convenient health care   services.

* PHCS PPO Network with 900,000 providers Nationwide

* TelaDoc provides a convenient alternative to Urgent Care or ER Visits

* Three benefit options to choose from to fit your budget

Call us today 1-888-337-1705 and let us know what is important to you and insuring your health!

We are available six days a week to review your options with you and we look forward to being of service!

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