Everyday Ageism: CHRISTA D’SOUZA asks if she should just accept that it is expensive being old as her health insurance premium rockets 

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  • Krista D’Souza says health insurance premiums rocket after a certain age
  • UK-based columnist had to go to hospital for endometrial cancer
  • She debates whether she should accept that getting old is expensive

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This is the last tolerable bias. But Femme had had enough. Now is the time to remember those day-to-day moments when we are patronized for not being young…

First-world problem alert. Don’t get me wrong, I feel lucky, very, very lucky, to be able to afford private health insurance during this pandemic-ridden time.


But my goodness, health insurance premiums rocket when you reach a certain age.

Life insurance rockets too, doubling every five years after you turn 60. I understood. The older you get, the higher your risk of getting disease (and, er, death). We’re old people about how these companies make money, duh.

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Krista D’Souza (pictured) debates whether we should admit it’s expensive to get old

That said, having had to go to the hospital for endometrial cancer, I know my premium will be through the roof in the next round. Not only that, I can do what many friends are doing – which is to ditch the policy and put what I pay for health insurance into a separate account in case I get sick ( Or enjoy it in the future) , if I don’t).

Is it Polish to think that if so many of us do, health insurance companies might start paying attention to it?

Or should I suck it up, be grateful that car insurance premiums have gone down, and just accept that it’s expensive to get old?


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