» Health insurance takes care of your medical expenses and ensures that out-of-pocket expenses are curtailed upto the Sum insured
» A health insurance policy ensures that you can avail cashless treatment at a network hospital without having to pay for them, typically covering 30 days and 60 days pre and post hospitalization, respectively, in most of the Health Insurance plans.
» One can add value to the Base Health Insurance Plan by complementing them with additional add-on products such as Personal Accident (PA) Cover, Critical Illness (CI) Cover and Top-Up. These products are available at a very nominal cost adding benefits which are not part of the Base Health Insurance plan. For Example, A PA plan helps by providing coverage for disability, which is typically not covered under Health Insurance. An individual need not go through any waiting period and medical checkups for a PA cover.
» One can also invest on one of the popular senior citizen health insurance policies and ensure comprehensive security for their elderly parents or secure their old age that often brings along several ailments that require expensive medical treatment.
Benefits of Health Insurance
» Health Coverage: Health Insurance plans have enhanced offerings to cover a wide spectrum of requirements, like a family health plan offers complete cover to all members of a family under a single umbrella.
⁃ Pre-existing Diseases: Coverage for any pre-existing disease is provided to you after a certain waiting period.
⁃ Claim Reimbursement: Coverage for expenses incurred for hospitalization due to a medical
» Tax Rebate: Annual premium paid for health coverage are subject to tax exemption u/s 80D of ITA, 1961. Tax exemption ranges from Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 60,000.
» Other Benefits: As an innovative feature, OPD expenses are now covered under few Insurer plans and don’t require hospitalization for minimum 24 hrs to claim reimbursement. Stand alone OPD plans are also available in the market.
Key Points to Remember when Comparing Health Insurance
» Sum Insured by the policy
» Premium to be paid for the coverage
» List of network hospitals and Claim Settlement Ratio
» Sub-limits (if any) and Waiting Period (for PEDs)