A insurer has introduced a hospital plan that pays the bills "as charged". It does not impose any limit on the amount that can be claimed for each day of hospital stay or on the surgery fees.
This plan is likely to lead to an escalation in hospital bills. The private hospital and doctors will increase the charges to the patient who is covered under this plan, as the insurer has deep pockets.
This will lead to an increase in premium rates for the "as charged" plan. Experience in other countries have shown that this type of plan has the highest escalation in premiums.
If you are interested in the "as charged" plan, you should look at the premium rates. It is around $6,000 a year, at the older ages. This is the premium rate today. In 20 years time, it can be many times higher, due to escalation in medical expenses.
Can you afford this premium, when you grow old? Do you need to have money left for other living expenses?
You need to have an affordable plan that can cover you for a lifetime. Choose a plan that provides adequate coverage at an affordable premium.
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