No, not a premium policy by any means, it's a pretty standard BCBS family health insurance policy. Our employer pays about 2/3 of that premium each month, we pay the remaining. But if we went off on a sailing sabbatical with our family, we'd have to pay the entire amount to continue it.
There are probably other policies that are less expensive, but I'd have to study the coverage. And I wouldn't want to be any LESS insured than we are now, with a boatload of kids. As it is, on top of the premiums, we have another $4-5K medical expenses annually (deductibles, co-pays, prescriptions, dental, orthodontics, opthalmology (sp?), etc). All pretty standard stuff.
So when I see some of these monthly budget numbers, while certainly helpful in some respects, I'm somewhat incredulous as to whether they are very applicable to an american
** family with a bunch of kids.
Medical is just one small part of that equation, too. The boat needs to be bigger (higher initial costs, higher refit costs, higher maintenance costs, insurance, etc etc), the food and clothing budgets are much larger, cost of distant learning/education, higher family travel and entertainment costs, etc etc.
Anyway, interesting discussion.
** Families from countries with socialized medicine will have very different calculus.