Tuesday 17 October 2017

Martina Devlin: Soaring health premium just makes me feel sick

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

I SERIOUSLY debated cancelling my private health insurance recently. When the renewal notice arrived in the post I did a double-take at the size of the bill, cross-checked the increase -- which was almost 20pc -- and gulped.

Value for money it wasn't. In fact, it struck me as a hefty charge to cover what I regarded as an insubstantial risk. You can never discount the danger, but I'm still reasonably young and healthy (touch wood).

Obviously I knew I'd be taking a chance if I withdrew my subscription -- but wasn't the State my buffer? If I fell seriously ill, I'd be entitled to treatment. I might not get the doctor of my choice, but selecting one in the first place is a confusing business.

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