There is a cost of taking action when getting insured. But believing that inaction is free is not the smartest thing to do. Inaction can have a price, although no price tag immediately lets you know what you’ll be losing. In some cases, inaction in insurance can be dangerous and even fatal.
Action can result in adverse outcomes, and mistakes can be costly. But inaction may be worse as nothing is being done, so there is no chance of progress, which can ultimately lead to wasted valuable time that you could have utilized more efficiently. Mistakes can still lead to lessons enabling better actions in the future, whereas inaction leads to nothing positive, and its negative impact can be far worse than imagined.
Most insurers worldwide do not feel the need to communicate with their customers. The insurers do not see any monetary value in staying in touch with their customers, which explains their lack of interest in maintaining customer relationships. Moreover, it feels like the natural way to do things because the purpose of insurance is to help you stop worrying about the future so much, right?
However, data suggests otherwise. Customers expect constant support from their insurers and would appreciate it if they stayed in touch, helping them live healthier and better lives. There are several ways insurers can meet these expectations, but they must look past the immediate financial gains or lack thereof in doing so.
It is indeed about money, but it doesn’t have to be about money only. Making the customers feel valued and cared for can help insurance companies a great deal and can help increase business in the long run. But it requires effort and dedication on their part.
It is critical for the insured to stay proactive in their relationship with the insurer. It may include voluntarily disclosing any necessary information regarding the risks and losses involved. Failure to maintain essential communication with the insurer can be deemed negligence or even misconduct in some cases, which can reduce the blame on the insurer in legal matters.
There have been cases of the insured having to bear the losses because of lacking due diligence. In some cases, the situation can deteriorate. The losses multiply as the insured waits for the insurer to help them deal with their problems while the insurance company is not bound to do so.
Therefore, getting insured is just a step in the process, and if the insured fails to take necessary actions afterward, the consequences can be undesirable and even dangerous. The insured can avoid severe impacts of forfeiting their right to indemnification with responsible and proactive conduct on their part.
The price of inaction
There is a price you have to pay to get insured. The price is visible, and so if you choose not to pay it, you may be led to believe you saved that amount of money. However, inaction can have a price tag that you can’t see. And it only becomes clear to you when it’s too late and you are already facing an unwanted situation.
There are many disadvantages to being uninsured, and sufficient data demonstrates them. For example, uninsured people are more likely to avoid going to a hospital until it becomes an absolute necessity. And when they do finally get to the hospital, it can become costlier for them to get treated because of not being insured. And god forbid if their problem worsens due to such negligence.
It is easier to treat a disease if diagnosed in its early stages. Still, when people continue with their lives until their condition brings them to their knees, they end up having to spend a lot more than they would have been required to if they had acted immediately to deal with their health problems. In worst cases, the treatment may become less effective when a disease has worsened over time.
In many cases, inaction and negligence can eventually result in irreparable losses like a permanent impairment. No amount of money (that you hoped to save) can help in such situations. Access to better health coverage can not only lead to better lives, but it can also help save lives as uninsured people are not only more likely to face poorer health outcomes but are also more prone to premature death.
Conclusively, inaction can have a price you can’t pay, not even with all the money you have, as it is impossible to bring back people you have lost. And it can be too late to go back in time and act while you still can.