Health Insurance Company

Health insurance is a form of insurance where the insurance company pays the medical costs of the insured person in cases the insured becomes sick due to covered causes of the insurance policy, or due to accidents.

To get the best health insurance policy, it is necessary to evaluate the health insurance company and its affiliate health care network. The first thing that has to be done is to get free quotes from different health insurance companies. This is easily available on the Internet, wherein you fill in some details to get your health insurance quote. Another thing that has to be taken into consideration is the health insurance company’s financial ratings. This gives us the financial strength of the health insurance company, and whether it is capable of clearing claims made to the company. The ratings can be found out though free resources like Moody’s, A.M. Best and Weiss and eHealthInsurance, which are all found on the Internet.

Next, check the employment and educational histories of the doctors associated with the health insurance company. Trusting the physicians and feeling content with the care you receive from the health insurance company is invaluable. Customer satisfaction is another criterion for choosing the right health insurance company. The health insurance company should respond quickly to your requests and questions. Information on patient satisfaction with a health insurance company is difficult to come by and may have to be paid for.

There are two types of health insurance companies: group health insurance companies and individual health insurance companies. The group health insurance companies handle health insurance for large groups of people, like the employees of a company. The individual health insurance companies handle health insurance for self-employed people and professionals.

The Advent of Private Health Insurance Companies

Private health insurance companies stemmed from the public’s need for financial assistance in cases of general medical emergencies. The concept of health insurance is collectivism – it collects each individual’s small monetary contributions into a pool which can be readily used in case of a person/s medical need. There are also some insurance companies who cover long term disabilities and nursing needs. Social security is a form of insurance provided by the government through taxes, which can be used to cover a citizen in a medical situation. Healthcare is a need that each individual needs to have to avoid fatality.

Private health insurance companies originated from the concept of Hugh Chamberlen in the late 1600’s, but was never enacted until the 1900’s. The first form of insurance came in the nature of accident insurance, which are a lot similar to what we know of today. In the United States, the first accident insurance company was known as the Franklin Health Assurance Company of Massachusetts. The concept of covering sickness in insurance, other than just accidents or sudden disabilities, began in 1866, but was never successfully enacted until the year 1890. As the years progressed, employer-enacted health plans came to effect in the year 1911.

Private health insurance companies didn’t start until the middle of the 20th century, when private hospitals began offering individual health plans to patients to help them finance expensive medications. These are the predecessors of what we now know to be HMO’s or Health Maintenance Organizations, Blue Cross being one of its original founders. Health care is a big and sensitive issue all over the world, and especially in the United States, with the recent health care reforms from the current president Barack Obama – but that is another topic altogether.

Health insurance responsibility and terms are clearly stated on the policy holder’s booklet, and is largely based on the premium he or she pays on a monthly basis – not all services are covered, and there are certain limits to the insurance coverage. Still, with all these, one can’t stress enough the importance of health plans to an individual and his or her family’s health. There are also several types of insurance plans offered by health insurance companies; long term, short term, scheduled, etc., and their prices may vary as well.

There are a lot of top health insurance companies in the US today: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Tufts Associated Health Maintenance Organization, Capital Health Plan, Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Allstate, and many others. One thing is for sure, though, with the economy as it is, private health insurance companies will surely continue to emerge in the coming years.