MyHealthCost™ uses advanced statistical modeling techniques similar to what is used in the financial industry to predict the future performance of stocks, bonds and mutual funds. Just like "Motley Fool" or "Morningstar" ratings, we can use these techniques to predict value and risk and provide a next-generation, unique approach to making plan decisions easier, more satisfying and highest value.
The similarity to investment analysis
Choosing health insurance is very similar to making financial investments. Both activities require an initial purchase with the hope of returning the greatest value in the future. Both have uncertainty and risk since value is based upon future events.
Tools have been developed to aid in the identification of good financial investments for consumers, but remarkably, only now have similar tools been developed for consumers to make decisions about health insurance. Although the terminology is different, the concepts are nearly the same:
|Health Insurance||Financial Investments|
|Health Uncertainty||Market Risk|
|Annual out-of-pocket cost||Annual ROI|
|Co-Insurance / Cost-sharing||Transaction ROI|
|Actuarial Value||ROI before management fee|
The traditional financial techniques of assessing value by looking at tradeoffs in cost, risk and return make the financial aspect of health insurance plans far easier to understand. We recognize that this is only a critical first step, as provider network choices, covered drugs and other plan details can also be important aspects of the process. Just as in financial investment decisions, these personal preferences are essential in ensuring a good fit, and ideally will only need to be revisited if there are major changes in either the plan terms or your health conditions.
HealthDecisions.us is committed to providing the actionable information and resources needed by consumers to make wise choices on their health insurance purchases. Using financial analysis techniques well established in the financial investment community, we provide a unique view of health plan value. This, coupled with a comprehensive and accurate provider network search capability, will make health plan decisions easier and more suitable.