Health insurance for children, or child health insurance as it's often called, is the perfect way to get peace of mind that should your kids become unwell they'll get fast, specialist treatment. Compare children's health insurance with myTribe to find the right policy at an affordable price.
Children's health insurance is a policy taken out by parents or guardians to provide access to private medical treatment for their kids in the event that they should become unwell. Child health insurance covers children under the age of 18 for access to alternative treatment to the NHS. Simply put, if your child becomes unwell, child health insurance is designed to pay out, covering the cost of the treatment needed.
Every plan will provide you with different benefits, but largely, having health insurance for your kids will likely mean:
Child health insurance isn't a replacement for NHS care and you'll probably still need to utilise the NHS alongside your child's medical insurance policy. What it does mean is that in certain situations, your child will be covered for private medical care.
While every policy is different, broadly speaking you can expect your child's health insurance to cover the cost of treatment for acute medical conditions, meaning those that can be cured. Chronic, or incurable conditions such as diabetes or asthma, typically won't be covered by your child's medical insurance. Pre-existing conditions will also usually be excluded unless an exemption has been agreed with your insurer.
All health insurance policies, including those for kids, cover costs relating to treatments where an overnight stay in hospital is required (inpatient), with most policies also covering the cost of treatments where a bed is just used for a day (day patient). Only more comprehensive and therefore more expensive policies will also cover outpatient treatments and diagnosis, where a hospital bed isn't required at all.
It's important to point out, that if you opt for a basic policy which doesn't include any outpatient tests or diagnosis, then your child's route to treatment will be via the NHS. While in many cases this isn't an issue, waiting for tests or results via the NHS can prolong the process of getting treatment. We'd therefore always suggest that if you're taking out a policy specifically to avoid NHS waiting lists, you consider getting a comprehensive policy so that your diagnosis can also take place privately.
Underwriting is the process an insurer goes through to assess the risk associated with providing a policy which enables them to set a price. While it may seem like insurance jargon, understanding underwriting is actually incredibly important as it plays a huge role in how your children's policy is not only priced but delivered too.
The three types of underwriting that you can choose for your child's health insurance policy are: Moratorium, Full Medical Underwriting and Switch.
Although you will no doubt want the very best for your children and their health, for many families money is tight and therefore it's useful to understand the ways you can reduce the cost of your kids health insurance cover.
The excess on your policy is typically the amount you will need to contribute towards any claims made in a given year. Most providers give you an annual excess, meaning you will only need to pay it once, regardless of how many claims you make that year, others though will charge on a per claim basis, which reduces the cost of the policy but will make claiming more costly.
One of the best ways to reduce the price of your children's health insurance is by increasing the excess on the policy. Excesses range from £0 - £5000, so there's scope to make significant savings if you're willing to contribute more at point of claim. We recommend that you should always make sure that the excess on the policy is affordable - the last thing you want is a big bill when you're dealing with an unwell child. For reference, most parents will choose an excess of between £100-£500, and will enjoy reductions in their premiums accordingly.
A six-week wait option is a clause in your policy which stipulates that if treatment for your child's condition is available in six weeks or less on the NHS, then your child will be treated by the NHS rather than privately. While this option effectively reduces the cover your children receive, many parents take out private health insurance policies to avoid waiting lists, so knowing that regardless what happens your kids will be treated within six weeks, is comfort enough, and will reduce annual premiums too.
Most health insurance policies will include a national list of hospitals which will be included as standard on the policy. By reducing this list to perhaps a handful of local hospitals, and removing any in central London, you can reduce the cost of your children's health insurance policy.
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Disclaimer: This information is general and what is best for you will depend on your personal circumstances. Please speak with a financial adviser or do your own research before making a decision.
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