What does a deductible mean?
The amount you pay for covered health care services before your insurance plan starts to pay. With a $2,000 deductible, for example, you pay the first $2,000 of covered services yourself. A fixed amount ($20, for example) you pay for a covered health care service after you've paid your deductible.
What does it mean to have $1000 deductible?
A health insurance deductible is the amount you pay before your insurance kicks in. For example, if you have a $1000 deductible, and you need a $1000 MRI procedure and a $2000 surgery, you will pay $1000 out-of-pocket for the MRI, and then $0 for the surgery.
Is it better to have a deductible or not?
A plan without a deductible usually provides good coverage and is a smart choice for those who expect to need expensive medical care or ongoing medical treatment. Choosing health insurance with no deductible usually means paying higher monthly costs.
What is the purpose of deductibles?
Deductibles serve a dual purpose: they save the insurance company money (including the administrative cost of processing small claims) and may help keep your premium costs lower.