With a traditional IRA account, you can contribute up to $5,000 a year (or $6,000 if you are age 50 or older). The money you contribute is deducted from your taxable income for the year, so the funds you are contributing to the IRA are pre tax funds.
Once you put money in to an IRA account, it is always taxable when it is withdrawn, regardless of whether or not it is used for medical reasons or any other reason. There are absolutely no exceptions to that rule. In addition, if you are under the age of 59-1/2 when you make the withdrawal, then in addition to regular taxes you would also pay an early withdrawal penalty of 10%. For that reason, if you plan to use this money for medical bills this would not really be a viable option for you over opening the HSA account.
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