Jul 6, 201204:00 PMBlog: Working Benefits
Is Healthcare Ever Free?
Businesses who are interested in cutting the cost of their health insurance premium often overlook a very common bias that circulates among their staff. This bias is so inconspicuous that most people are unaware of it, even the ones who are “guilty” of it. It’s the idea that once the deductible is met, health care becomes free, or at least cheaper.
One employer shared the story about an employee who started the year with an expensive claim when they had a baby. Since the deductible had already been met, the individual approached the rest of the year with a perception that future treatments were free because the bill was already paid for by the carrier. But, when the next year’s premium was set, all those “free” treatments added up and enlarged the risk the carrier had to absorb. The carrier had to offset the losses experienced and anticipate the trend of increased claims by increasing the employer’s rate, which all employees paid for.
Take a moment to consider your plan design or the communication you’re sending to your staff and see if it addresses this silent inflation issue. Share your story in the comments about how you’ve dealt with this problem.