Choosing the Right Insurance Plan
With medical expenses in the USA being the highest in the world, being insured is highly recommended!
No one wants accidents to happen, but when they do, it’s crucial to have the right insurance plan that will provide the most coverage, especially when you are abroad! When studying abroad, there’s nothing more important than choosing the right insurance plan. Accidents happen each day, therefore, it is important to have a safety net to fall back on. Recognizing the importance of insurance is the first step in becoming a more responsible individual.
Shop around! If the cost of your school’s plan is too high, and your school allows you to waive their insurance, search for an alternative insurance plan. Search our website for optional plans that are suitable for you. Look for your school’s waiver requirements, and find comparable plans that can be used as an alternative to the expensive school plan. Search our website for optional plans that are suitable for you!
ISO is widely known to 5700 universities, colleges and other academic institutes in the U.S. Your advisor is most probably familiar with ISO and its renowned services. Many student associations in schools nationwide are partners with ISO. We are here to make insurance more accessible to all international students.
Before purchasing a plan, it is important to look at all of the plan options, covered expenses and exclusions. Look over the policy brochure and make sure you know what each term means. For instance, start by comparing the maximum benefits, co-insurance and deductible. Please visit our Insurance Dictionary to understand key insurance terms.
Please visit our PPO networks to find in-network doctors, hospitals and other medical service providers. If a doctor or hospital is not under the PPO network, they are considered as out-of-network providers. Please call and confirm with them before going for a visit in order to receive more coverage!
Did you know that an ordinary injury in the US, such as a broken hand, could cost anywhere from $3,000 to $25,000 (if surgery is needed)? At the same time, a minor operation might cost up to $17,000. Therefore, it is always good to prepare for the unexpected and give yourself a safety net to fall on! Finding a plan that has a lower deductible and a higher co-insurance may help you to afford the cost of treatment without the extra stress of worrying about your finances.
Never focus your attention on the monthly rates alone. Looking at monthly rates alone can deceive you from actual benefits. In many cases ISO can get you similar benefits for less money. When comparing plans, pay attention to the benefits you get for your money! For example, when choosing between two plans, compare the maximum benefits, calculate how much money you are responsible for in case of an accident or sickness and decide how much coverage you think you will need. Also, consider how much deductible or co-pay is required from your plan. If the deductible is over $250, ask yourself if you can afford this amount each time you go for a treatment in times of sickness and injury. Therefore, when you are paying a lower monthly premium, you might be responsible for a higher deductible or co-pay.
Most insurance plans require you to pay a portion of your medical bills when you submit a claim. You are expected to pay your out-of pocket expenses: deductibles, co-payments, and co-insurance. You will also have to pay for any treatment which is not eligible for coverage.
Keep all of these guidelines in mind when comparing the various insurance plans available to you. Choose the plan that will provide high benefits at a reasonable cost.