Your deductible is the amount you pay for health care out of pocket before your health insurance kicks in and starts covering the costs. Some expenses, like an annual check-up or doctor’s visit, might not be subject to the deductible, depending on your plan. The deductibles might be anywhere from $500 to $1,500 if you’re an individual, or $1,000 to $3,000 if you’re a family. In general, plans with higher deductibles have lower premiums and vice versa.
As an example, if you have a $1,000 deductible and have a $5,000 surgery, you’ll have to pay $1,000 out of pocket, and the remaining $4,000 will be covered all or in part by your insurance company.
However, even after you've paid your deductible, covered services may still have a copay or coinsurance, depending on the details of your plan.