We all have day to day costs which can spring up at any time – whether it be the washing machine breaking down or the car needing new tyres. These issues are not only inconvenient, but usually have a price tag attached to them which most of us could do without.
The same thing happens with your health. A trip to the opticians can result in needing new glasses or a doctor’s visit could mean you need to pick up a prescription, all of which costs money.
I do a lot of driving with my job. Being in a seated position, sometimes for hours on end, has an impact on my body and leads to my back, neck and shoulders becoming pretty sore. A visit or two to my physiotherapist sorts things out, but at £50 a time that can prove to be expensive.
To give myself peace of mind that I won’t suddenly have to pay everything out of my own pocket, I have a Bupa ‘cash plan’ which provides money back against some of the costs of everyday health expenses, so they don’t come as such a shock.
The question I always get asked when I talk about my cash plan is ‘what is the catch?’ as it sounds too good to be true. Well, there really isn’t one! For a starting price of only £1 per week, you can receive money back for trips to the dentist, optician or to see a consultant, plus a number of other benefits.
I like having the peace of mind that if I need to get my neck and shoulders treated, I can claim back the money within a few days so I’m not out of pocket. Speaking of which, I’ve just done a 600 mile round trip. I'd better call my physio...