Health Insurance: What is a Deductible?

A deductible, on an individual health or group health insurance policy, is the amount the insured must pay each year before the plan starts to pay for covered medical expenses.

An example is a $100 deductible, meaning the insured must pay the first $100 out of his or her pocket, and then the plan will cover any remaining expenses up to the maximums stated in the plan.

Deductibles are just one of the variables that influence the pricing on an individual or group health insurance plan. The higher the deductible, the less risk to the insurance company and the lower the premium. Conversely, the lower the deductible, the higher the risk to the insurance company and the higher the premium.

Deductibles can vary among different components of the plan, which means prescription drugs may have a higher deductible than vision care or chiropractic services.

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