What is the cost of health insurance for self employed?

4 min. readlast update: 08.07.2023
The cost of health insurance for self-employed individuals can vary widely based on a range of factors, including your age, location, health status, the type of plan you choose, and the level of coverage you need. Here are some key points to consider when estimating the cost of health insurance for self-employed individuals:

Type of Plan: Health insurance plans come in various types, such as Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), Preferred Provider Organization (PPO), and High Deductible Health Plans (HDHPs) with Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). The cost can vary depending on the type of plan you select.

Premiums: Premiums are the monthly payments you make to maintain your health insurance coverage. These costs can range widely, with higher coverage plans typically having higher premiums. On average, as of my last update in September 2021, individual health insurance premiums for self-employed individuals can range from a few hundred to over a thousand dollars per month.

Deductibles and Out-of-Pocket Costs: Plans with lower monthly premiums often have higher deductibles and out-of-pocket costs. This means you'll need to pay more out of pocket before the insurance coverage kicks in. Plans with higher premiums might have lower deductibles and out-of-pocket costs.

Geographic Location: The cost of health insurance can also be influenced by where you live. Healthcare costs and insurance regulations can vary significantly by state and even within different regions of the same state.

Age: Generally, older individuals might pay higher premiums compared to younger individuals.

Health Status: Your health history and current health condition can impact the cost of your insurance. Some pre-existing conditions might lead to higher premiums. This doesn't apply if you are enrolling in an ACA health insruance plan.

Subsidies: Depending on your income and the specific regulations in your country (such as the Affordable Care Act subsidies in the United States), you might be eligible for government subsidies that can help reduce the cost of your health insurance premiums.

Network: Some plans require you to use specific networks of doctors and hospitals. Plans with broader networks might have higher premiums

Additional Coverage: Some self-employed individuals might opt for additional coverage such as dental, vision, or supplemental insurance, which can also affect the overall cost.

Given the multitude of variables, it's recommended that you obtain quotes from different health insurance providers in your area to get a more accurate estimate of the cost based on your specific circumstances. You can also consider consulting with an insurance broker or agent who can help you navigate the options and find a plan that fits your needs and budget. 



Let's consider an individual named Alex, who is 35 years old and self-employed in Chicago, Illinois. Alex is generally healthy and doesn't have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Here are the details of the health insurance plan options:

Bronze Plan (High Deductible Health Plan - HDHP):

   - Monthly Premium: $250

   - Deductible: $6,000

   - Out-of-Pocket Maximum: $8,000

   - Co-insurance: 20% after deductible

   - Doctor visits: Not covered until deductible is met

Silver Plan (Preferred Provider Organization - PPO):

   - Monthly Premium: $400

   - Deductible: $1,500

   - Out-of-Pocket Maximum: $5,000

   - Co-insurance: 30% after deductible

   - Doctor visits: $40 co-pay

Gold Plan (Health Maintenance Organization - HMO):

   - Monthly Premium: $550

   - Deductible: $500

   - Out-of-Pocket Maximum: $4,000

   - Co-insurance: 20% after deductible

   - Doctor visits: $20 co-pay

It's important for individuals like Alex to carefully review and compare the available plans based on their health needs, budget, and preferences. Consulting with an insurance agent or using online tools provided by insurance marketplaces can help you get accurate and up-to-date quotes for health insurance plans in your area.

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