How to Ensure Your Family is Getting the Care They Need
It is so hard to believe that there is a little more than one month left in this year. Cold weather season brings lots of joy, but it also means the season of viruses and unwanted bugs. The concern of every parent is clear; how do you ensure that your family is getting the care that they need?
If you followed me last November, you might remember the big ordeal we went through with our newborn son, Kai. For over 4 months this poor baby caught every virus possible, yet he was misdiagnosed over and over. It eventually led to hospitalization with pneumonia and sleepless nights that seemed endless. There is nothing worse than feeling helpless for your child. What is even worse is feeling helpless for not having faith in the care you are receiving.
Thankfully, with all of this hardship behind this year, I want to focus on keeping everyone healthy and look into other health care options. We decided to take advantage of the Open Enrollment period happening right now in California and explore providers with Dignity Health which came highly recommended.
The decision for picking the right health care plan is vital for your families’ well-being. I too was feeling the pressure. So, we packed up the kids and headed to the in-laws, for a chat about healthcare.
While doing our research I found out that Californians say choosing a health insurance plan is more stressful than paying bills and not surprising I felt that pressure!
This decision becomes even more important when you have family members that require specialty doctors. It is so frustrating to get a recommendation for someone to only find out he or she is not in your plan.
It turns out Californians don’t prioritize doctors when choosing health insurance. Even though a full 70% have a preferred doctor, clinic, or practice that they choose for healthcare. Furthermore, 47% go about open enrollment in the following order: 1. Picking their insurance plan 2. Selecting healthcare providers/doctors based on who is in-network for that plan. This all is instead of working backward from their preferred provider and choosing the healthcare plan the preferred physician works within.
I found it very helpful that Dignity Health assigns an expert for you if you need help during the decision process. Open Enrollment can be a stressful time for everyone. However, it’s also an important time to make insurance decisions for your whole family. After all, there is nothing more important than your families’ health.
Thank you Dignity Healthcare for partnering up with me on this post. All opinions are 100% my own.