“The Real Reason Insurance Companies are the Bad Guys: How the Industry Profits From Keeping Us Sick”
When it comes to the health insurance industry, the numbers don’t lie. It’s one of the most profitable sectors in the United States, raking in trillions of dollars each year. But what’s behind the industry’s success? The real reason insurance companies are the bad guys is because they have a vested interest in keeping you sick.
It’s no secret that the health insurance industry works hard to maximize their profits. They do this by manipulating the system in a number of ways. Here are a few of their tricks:
#1: Denying Claims
Insurance companies deny claims for the most ludicrous reasons. They might deny a claim because you didn’t use the correct form, or because the doctor didn’t list the right diagnosis code. They also use vague and arbitrary criteria to determine what is and isn’t “medically necessary.” The bottom line is that they’ll do anything they can to avoid paying out on a claim.
#2: Creating Complex Plans
Insurance companies know that most people don’t take the time to read and understand their policies. So they design their plans with lots of small print and complex language in order to make it difficult to know exactly what is and isn’t covered. This leaves the customer in the dark and leaves the company with more control over their profits.
#3: Exploiting Consumers
Insurance companies are experts at taking advantage of consumers. They’ll charge you outrageous premiums for coverage you don’t need, or try to push you into a plan that’s not in your best interest. They’ll also use scare tactics and high-pressure sales tactics to get you to sign up for a plan that’s not in your best interest.
#4: Skimping on Care
When it comes to providing health care, insurance companies are all about cutting corners. They’ll limit the number of treatments you can receive, or restrict your access to certain drugs or therapies. They’ll also limit the number of doctors you can see and the number of tests you can have. In other words, they’ll do whatever it takes to keep their costs down and their profits up.
#5: Limiting Access to Care
Insurance companies also limit access to care in other ways. They’ll create long waiting lists for appointments, or restrict access to certain providers or hospitals. They’ll also create geographic restrictions that make it difficult for people in rural areas to access quality care.
The health insurance industry is doing everything it can to keep us sick and keep their profits high. But you don’t have to be their victim. The best way to protect yourself is by taking the time to read and understand your policy, and by being an informed consumer. #KnowYourRights #InsuranceReform #FightForCare #ConsumerRights