December 1, 2014 – Insurance Marketplace
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Anchor lead: There are a few things you should keep in mind if you’re shopping for health insurance, Elizabeth Tracey reports
You’ve just gotten the unwelcome news that your employer will no longer provide group health insurance. The health insurance marketplace can be a bit confusing, so what do you need to know to make an informed choice? Landon King, executive vice dean of medicine at Johns Hopkins, comments.
King: I think that there are several components in the decision about how to take steps to provide for your healthcare. Certainly price is one of those, there’s no way around that. In addition, value is something different than just price. Access and some level of confidence that when you have a complicated problem you’re going to have access to people and organizations that can manage that with you. :26
King says you might have to look pretty hard to find out everything.
King: I think it’s variable the extent to which the information is available. But I think people need to know for themselves that they need to be looking for that information. :09
King says it’s always appropriate to make a phone call if information is hard to find. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.