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June 19, 2023

Employee Benefits, Health, Health Insurance, Healthcare, Human Resources, Learning and Development

For many consumers they don’t see the value of health insurance until they are sick. So as an employer and an advisor, it is important to market the benefit before it comes to the extremes.

See below the importance of this high-cost benefit.

  1. Financial Protection: Health insurance provides financial protection against high medical costs. Medical treatments, especially for serious illnesses or injuries, can be extremely expensive. Without insurance, individuals may face significant financial burdens or even bankruptcy to cover these costs. Health insurance helps mitigate these expenses by sharing the financial burden and providing coverage for medical services, hospitalization, surgeries, medications, and other healthcare needs.When uninsured individuals receive medical care but cannot afford to pay, hospitals and healthcare providers bear the financial burden. This can result in uncompensated care, where providers absorb the costs of treating uninsured patients. These costs are often passed on to other patients and payers, leading to higher healthcare costs overall.


  1. Access to Healthcare: Having health insurance improves access to healthcare services. With insurance, individuals can visit doctors, specialists, and hospitals without worrying about the full cost of treatment. It allows for regular check-ups, preventive care, and timely treatment, which can help detect and address health issues early on, leading to better health outcomes. Without health insurance, many individuals face barriers to accessing healthcare services. They may delay or forgo necessary medical care due to concerns about affordability. This can lead to undiagnosed or untreated conditions, which may worsen over time and result in more severe health issues.


  1. Comprehensive Coverage: Health insurance often offers coverage for a wide range of healthcare services, including doctor visits, hospital stays, prescription medications, laboratory tests, preventive care, mental health services, and more. This comprehensive coverage ensures that individuals have access to the necessary medical services they need, promoting overall well-being.


  1. Health Maintenance and Prevention: Health insurance often includes coverage for preventive services such as vaccinations, screenings, and wellness programs. These preventive measures can help detect health problems early, manage chronic conditions effectively, and promote a healthier lifestyle. By encouraging regular check-ups and preventive care, health insurance supports proactive health management.


  1. Peace of Mind: Knowing that you have health insurance can provide peace of mind. It offers a sense of security, knowing that you are financially protected in case of unexpected health issues or emergencies. It reduces the stress and anxiety associated with potential medical expenses and allows individuals to focus on their health and well-being without constant worry about the financial implications.


Still with all the above reasons, nearly 28 million US residents remain uninsured. The implications of uninsurance go beyond individual health. Addressing the issue of the uninsured is essential for a well-functioning healthcare system. Additionally, the broader societal impact includes decreased productivity, increased healthcare disparities, and strain on public health resources. Expanding access to affordable health insurance, implementing policies to reduce the number of uninsured individuals, and promoting preventive care can help mitigate these impacts and improve overall health outcomes for everyone.


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Eleanor Schroeder

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