When it comes to costs, the premiums paid for individual vs group health insurance plans differ greatly. For individual plans, it may depend on your age, gender, medical history; for group health plans, it may be calculated on the size of the group, their demographics, and the industry your company operates in.
With an individual health insurance policy, a covered individual pays for 100% of their own premiums. On the other hand, employers and employees can share the costs of group health insurance, with employers covering some or all the premium costs for a single employee and their dependents. The risk is also spread across a greater number of people for group health insurance policies. This can yield lower premiums.
Generally speaking, group medical insurance plans are highly flexible as every company or organization’s needs and circumstances are different, and in many cases, different levels of coverage are even required within the same group. To fully understand your options for coverage and to compare plans available, it is best to speak with a qualified adviser.
However, as a preliminary screening tool, there are a few key factors when choosing a group health insurance plan:
- Value and cost are among the most important factors. While health insurance costs can be a major item on your benefits budget, this and other employee benefits can go a long way toward attracting and retaining a quality workforce.
- Insurance carrier options and plans offered by each
- A range of insurance plan options that provides the best balance of coverage and affordability
- Co-pay, prescription, hospitalization, and other additional options to the insurance plan (remember that the more coverage you choose, the higher the premium)
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