Surfing the Net and find a great site with good information? The page looks good and its easy to read. Do they have hundreds of Five Star Reviews on Google? Then call the broker who owns the site for more information. Then its time to make the step to getting insurance. First step: Know Your Local Insurance Broker.
I don’t know how many times I have heard this refrain from people trying to buy insurance online: “I hate talking to insurance agents on the phone.” While that might be the case, if you get a quote from an online insurance company, it only makes sense to pick up the phone and call them. Who better is there to answer your questions?
Sure it’s sometimes difficult to just talk to a stranger about your personal health conditions, but if you need insurance, this is what you have to do to get what you want. If you want a health insurance package that makes sense for you, or for you and your family, calling the broker to get more in-depth information is a smart move.
You want to get a quote from a professional looking website; one that is clean and easy to navigate and has lots of interesting information on it. But more that than, you want to get an instance quote; a quote that is relevant to the area in which you live. Why focus on the area where you live? Quotes from health insurance brokers/agents where you live are much more relevant in terms of being tailor-made to your needs. In additional if you know your local insurance broker they usually have a keen knowledge of which plans cover certain doctors/hosptials, which are good with claims, and which don’t employ anyone who speaks English.
Big box insurance companies online can still sell you policies, but they have no clue, and could care less, about what hospitals in your area are the best, which doctors provide various services in demand and which don’t; and more importantly, who pays their claims on time and who does not.
This is insider information that a local agent would have.
The local agent knows their area inside out, and once they know what you are looking for in terms of a reasonable health insurance package and they know your medical concerns, they can find you the best deal locally. It’s very smart to do a deal for health insurance locally, and then be able to get personal service later. Those are the two things for which people surfing the Net for insurance want to find: a good package for a reasonable price and personal service.
So the next time you happen to be surfing online for a health insurance broker, choose a site that really has a professional presence, has good information that you can use right away (even if you don’t buy insurance yet), offers you good service and is local. Calling that local broker will be the best financial decision you ever made.