How important should benefits be?

Williams60601

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I work 2 EMS jobs. 1 I'm only part time, this has great benefits for full time employees. Top notch insurance, retirement, uniform allowance etc. I use to be full time here but got sick of running 6-10 BS calls per shift. My other job is extremely laid back, super nice administrator, few calls. And very relaxing, but 0 benefits. I just got married and would love to provide insurance for my wife, but I'm debating if it's worth it to give up this cushy job which a love and go back to a super busy service, just for the benefits. We're both young with no major health problems. Too be honest, j don't think I like EMS anymore. The worst part is the stupid *** nursing home calls and 2 am calls, when I'm awoken from a dead sleep and dazed and confused will I still try to wake up. I like to think I'm a knowledgable, good paramedic and want benefits, but I just can't decide if I'll be happy there now, even tho I wasn't before. Idk why I lost so much interest in EMS. I use to study constantly, always taking courses to learn me etc. I just don't enjoy it anymore. Advice?
 

Chimpie

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Or, go take the job with benefits while you look for something else. One health issue requiring surgery/hospitalization can wipe out a couple financially.
Completely agree. Having insurance can mean the difference of paying a few hundred or a couple of thousand dollars, to owing money the rest of your life.

You might want to consider signing up for healthcare.gov. Better than not having any.
 

Chimpie

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Also, there are private insurance companies that you can sign up for as an individual. It will be very expensive, but that option is available.
 
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