A health insurance deductible is the determined amount of money that a beneficiary must spend each year to activate their plan benefits. Health insurers, including Medicare and Medicaid, offer different rates for deductibles.
After individuals pay their deductible, there are usually still some uncovered medical costs. Individuals’ copays often account for some of these uncovered costs.
Typically, lower deductible plans correlate with higher premiums.
What’s the difference between deductibles, premiums, coinsurance and copays?
In addition to deductibles, there are other healthcare expenses, such as premiums, coinsurance and copays.
- A premium is an upfront payment that members pay to keep their policy active.
- Coinsurance is a set percentage of costs that members pay after reaching their deductible.
- Copays are a determined amount of money members pay for healthcare services.