Everyday Ageism: CHRISTA D’SOUZA Asks If She Should Just Accept It’s Expensive To Be Old When Her Health Insurance Premiums Skyrocket
- Christa D’Souza says health insurance premiums skyrocket after a certain age
- British columnist just had to go to hospital for endometrial cancer
- She doubts if she should just accept that it is expensive to be old
It is the last tolerated prejudice. But Femail has had enough. It’s about time we call out those everyday moments when we’re being patronized because we’re no longer young…
First world problem alert. Don’t get me wrong, I’m lucky, very, very lucky to be able to afford private health insurance in these pandemic-ridden times.
But my goodness, health insurance premiums skyrocket once you reach a certain age.
Life insurance also skyrockets, doubling every five years after you turn 60. I get it. The older you get, the more susceptible you are to disease (and, er, death). We old folks is how these companies make money, duh.
Christa D’Souza (pictured) debates whether we should just accept that it is expensive to be old
That said, since I just had to go to the hospital for endometrial cancer, I know my premium will be through the roof next round. So much so, that I can do what some friends are doing – namely cancel the policy and put what I would pay for health insurance on a separate bill to use only when I get sick (or have fun with it in the future), if I don’t).
Is it Pollyannaish to think that if enough of us do this, maybe health insurers will take it into account?
Or should I just suck it up, be thankful that auto insurance premiums are going down, and just accept that it’s expensive to be old?