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Should I continue my health insurance and which is the best health insurance?


Date: 15 Jan 2015   Posted By: Suresh     Group: Finance & Banking    Category: Insurance   

I am having a health insurance with Star Health and they have many schemes varying from age to different factors. I am afraid I am paying a little more towards my health insurance. Which insurance company provide most economic health insurance schemes in India?

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Author: Timmappa Kamat    16 Jan 2015      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 6  (Rs 6)    Voting Score: 0

I would prefer to opt for public sector health insurance options. That is solely on the basis of my belief that public sector undertakings tend to be more consumer friendly and less costly. You pay less premium than private players for the same coverage and sum assured.

Analysis And Comparison

We have four players in public sector health insurance arena. I will try to explain the best about them on the basis of some major parameters. For Comparison, we will consider an equivalent policy from each one of them-
1. United India Assurance Co.Ltd. - Family Medicare policy.
2. National Insurance Co.Ltd. - Parivar Mediclaim Policy.
3. Oriental Insurance Co.Ltd. - Mediclaim 2012 Policy.
4. New India Assurance Co.Ltd. - Happy Family Floater Policy.
We will analyse them on following parameters -

Coverage

All these policies cover spouse and children. New India and Oriental insurance cover parents as well. Oriental Insurance has coverage extended for parents in law as well. So, it is evident that Oriental is the undisputed leader here.

Entry At Age And Age At Renewal

If you are considering long term plans, National Insurance and Oriental Insurance cannot be your pick. Health at old age is of utmost importance. United India and New India allow renewal at higher age.

Sum Assured: Almost all of them have a maximum sum assured option at Rs. 10 lakhs, except National Insurance which offers a maximum If Rs. 5 Lakhs. Total sum assured you need depends on your needs and size of the family. If you need higher cover, you can plan split your need into two policies.

Premium Per Annum: Premium is lower in public sector than in private. This applies to all four policies I have taken up for comparison here.

Co-payment: This is the amount the policy holder needs to pay from his pocket in case of a claim. This is highest in New India wherein Co-payment amount depends on age and location. Other firms charge 10%.
Benefits: No claim benefit is higher in Oriental which ranges upto 20%. It also excels in some more benefits. Other policies have no claim discount of 15%. Free health check up facility Is available in United India and New India. National India has least in terms of benefits.

Claim Settlement Ratio: Higher is the ratio of claim settlement, more better for the policy holder. Oriental and New India have 92% and 89% ratio.

Pre and Post Hospitalisation: 30 and 60 days for all policies except National Insurance where it is 15 and 30 days.

All these policies have positives as well as drawbacks. You need to choose the one based on your requirements. Of all the policies analysed above, one from National assurance is a bit restrictive. Rest all depends on your choice.


Author: Alok Nath Pandey    17 Jan 2015      Member Level: Gold     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

Star Heath Corporation is a largest Health Insurance company of India that provides you many benefits. It has tie-up with more than 5700+ hospital as well as resolves your claim settlement in just 15 days. I should say that you should continue investing money towards your health as the money will not go in vain. Everyone should opt for health insurance to secure their lives and to be healthy. Don’t be afraid that you’re paying more.

Author: Timmappa Kamat    17 Jan 2015      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 2  (Rs 2)    Voting Score: 0

The query is NOT about Life Insurance. So LIC is out of the scope as it does not offer Health Insurance. The four firms I mentioned and described above are from public sector itself just like LIC. Also I would like to clarify that LIC is not a government firm, but a public sector one.




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