A health insurance company is an insurance company that pays the medical costs of the insured person if the person meets an accident or falls sick that comes under covered clauses of that particular health insurance company. A health insurance company can either be private or a government run agency.
Generally there are two kinds of health insurance companiesavailable in the market � individual health insurance companies and group health insurance companies. The individual insurance companies are those that handle the health insurance issues for the professionals and self employed while the group insurance companies handle the health insurance for a large group of people. A country where market based health care system works generally relies on the private insurance companies.
list of top health insurance companies
|UNITED HEALTH CARE||COVENTRY|
|BlueCross BlueShield||HEALTH NET OF CALIFORNIA|
|WELLPOINT GROUP||Molina Healthcare|
|KAISER FOUNDATION||Celtic Healthcare|
|HUMANA||AMERICAN INTL GROUP|
|AMERICAN FAMILY||HEALTH NET INC.|
|INDEPENDENCE BLUE CROSS GROUP||UNUMPROVIDENT CORP|
|BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD OF MICHIGAN||METROPOLITAN|
|BLUE SHIELD OF CALIFORNIA||Wellcare Group|
There are a number of health insurance companies available in the market and selecting a perfect health insurance policy may be difficult for any individual. Depending on the needs and requirements of the people, there are various types of health insurance plans available in the market.
The major types of health insurance plans are:
Traditional Health Insurance
Preferred Provider Organizations (PPOs)
Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)
A health insurance policy is a contract between the health insurance company and the individual which goes through annual renewal. A health insurance policy holder has to pay a deductible amount, which is a fixed amount that the policy holder has to pay before the insurance starts to pay and a copayment, which is a flat amount paid by the policy holder.
An individual needs to evaluate the various health insurance companies and consider the policy offered by them carefully. The individuals can go and visit the websites of the health insurance companies and can get the free quote, which is easily available after filling in some personal details. The financial ratings of the concerned company giving an idea of the financial strength of the insurance company should also be considered by the individuals. One more thing that a person should do is to check the educational and professional background of the doctors associated with the insurance company.
The individuals should consider the free quotes of more than one health insurance company in order to have the most suitable health insurance policy in the market. Before taking up a policy, people should ask and clear all doubts about the sicknesses that fall under the cover.
Last Updated on : 12th Sept. 2013