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Moneycontrol.com | November 28, 2006
Mediclaim is not anymore the only alternative to cope with increasing medical expenses. Life insurance companies are now coming up with health covers. While Mediclaim takes care of hospital related expenses, a health policy compensates for the post-hospitalisation expenses and loss loss of income arising out of the illness.
Premium of the policies varies from age to age. A 35-year-old has to pay an annual premium of Rs 5,000 for a Mediclaim cover of Rs 5 lakh (Rs 500,000). Health cover of the same amount will cost him/her a premium of Rs 3,500-4,000 annually.
While Mediclaim is for one year, the minimum duration of health covers is five years. The key difference between Mediclaim and health covers is that , once you stake a claim under health cover, the entire amount under the policy is paid out and the policy is closed. Whereas under Mediclaim, you can claim reimbursement till the time there is a balance sum assured.
Mediclaim insurance gives you a wider coverage and includes not-so-critical diseases such as accidental insurance coverage, expenses incurred on cataract operation.
In this scenario, the unique selling point of life insurance companies is the payment of lump sum amount at the time of staking a claim. Both general insurance and life insurance companies have launched health insurance products in the market and health insurance industry has grown by 31% in the past three years.
TATA AIG launched two health policies - Health plus and Health protector - three years ago. ICICI Pru Life over the past one and a half years launched three policies -health assure, cancer care and diabetes care. In an interview with CNBC Awaaz, Sujata Dutta, VP, TATA AIG elaborates on this.
My company has given me a health insurance cover. Should I go for another health insurance cover also? My sister is not covered under the present policy. Do you suggest I buy a new policy for her? Many companies take group insurance cover for its employees. Are the covers offered under an individual life insurance the same as those covered under group insurance?
As of now most insurance companies are offering individual covers. If you are covered under group insurance policy, you should take another cover, in addition to the base employee cover. Both the covers -- employer's as well as the one you buy separately -- can be claimed. Additional cover is useful in 2-3 conditions.
For your sister, you can take a policy in her name and pay its premium. Policies cover siblings who are less than 18 years.
What is the difference between the premium for a health policy for a 20-year-old and 30-year-old respectively?
A 30-year-old will pay Rs 3,000 as annual premium for a policy cover of Rs 10 lakh (Rs 1 million). For a 20-year-old, it will be Rs 2,000 per annum. You can take the policy till 65 years of age.
Do I get cashless facility in health insurance?
Cashless health insurance is not available as of now. Our products are based on the diagnosis and it doesn't matter whether you go for treatment or not. If you are diagnosed with cancer, money is paid to you within 30 days irrespective of whether you provide them bills or undergo hospitalisation. So our products don't need cashless facility. Our hospitalisation product reimburses the medical bill.
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