For someone in their twenties in good health, is it worth it to pay more premiums for a private hospital plan, as compared to a restructured hospital class A plan, and upgrade’ later? - Seedly
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Asked on 05 Dec 2018

For someone in their twenties in good health, is it worth it to pay more premiums for a private hospital plan, as compared to a restructured hospital class A plan, and upgrade’ later?

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People in their twenties should consider private hospital plan even more...you are at the peak of earning more money...you want recover fast and get back to your life....

advantage of private hospital plan is cut short waiting time. comfortable room. priority is always you...

if u are under restructure hospital plan, and wish to upgrade to private hospital plan....u must not have pre existing conditions. If not either exclusions or decline.

hope my layman explanation helps.

#planwithcolin

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LG
Lee Gek Lan,Financial Consultant (NTUC Income)
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 26 Apr 2020

Its better to get a plan that you can afford to sustain the premium. its better to buy a plan that you can afford, and downgrade later. because health insurance is subject to health underwriting, to upgrade later on, you need to be in good health condition to maximise your coverage protection

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Loh Tat Tian
Loh Tat Tian
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 06 Dec 2018

I would encourage all to upgrade to private hospital plan first because of the following reasons

(1) It is easier to downgrade, than to upgrade

(2) You are the greatest asset (the money making machine) especially in the early years. You would want comfort and also better treatment, less waiting time (especially the case on private and public queue system in hospital). Your ability to get back to work is very important imho

(3) The premiums to pay, as mentioned for the rider, is about $40 (for full rider) and $25 a month (for saver rider options). This is a lot cheaper than $800-$1000 when you reach older age. (some also allows hospotal cash back if you stayed in public A class).

(4) Once affordability is an issue, you can downgrade for public A class.

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Jason Sin
Jason Sin
Level 8. Wizard
Answered on 06 Dec 2018

Yes, it is better to pay more for private plan when you are young as the premium are relatively cheaper. However, do note that the premium would get more and more expensive when you are older, especially around 41 years old. This will only get more expensive as the medical costs in Singapore is escalating.

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Yixiong Chang
Yixiong Chang
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 05 Dec 2018

Yes, it is worth. There is a good list of benefits to the able to seek private treatment. You pay the premium that reflects the risk of someone in the twenties (which is very low). It is a fair exchange of beneifts. For your age the premiums are not much higher anyway.

When u become older, u pay a much higher premium due to the increase probability of hospitalisation. You will not be able to upgrade later, If u are unfortunate enough to develop some illness before that. You will not be able to predict the future when will something happen. And when something happens u would want the best treatment options possible. Upgrade now to the highest tier, otherwise u will most likely procastinate in future to upgrade. I understand this is the likely behaviour when facing insurance for most people. =D

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