Our Health Insurance Promise

At ManipalCigna Health Insurance, we strive to match your commitment to the health of your family. And our products are designed to honor that. Whatever your life stage and family requirements, we have a solution that will meet all your health care needs

Sum Insured : ₹ 2.5 Lacs - ₹ 1 Crore

A comprehensive hospitalization plan for you and your family

Best suited for

Individual

Family

Multi Individual

Key Benefits

Cashless treatment at 6500+ hospitals

Guaranteed cumulative bonus up to 200% of SI

Tax saving benefits under Sec 80D, IT Act

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UIN: MCIHLIP21546V052021
Launch Date: 12-11-2020

Sum Insured : ₹ 0.5 Lacs - ₹ 25 Lacs

Design your own health plan and pay for what you choose. Customise your plan according to your needs with ProHealth Select and reassure your future

Best suited for

individual

Family

Multi Individual

Key Benefits

Customizable plan

Reassurance option for premium waiver

Flexible sum insured options

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UIN: MCIHLIP21129V022021
Launch Date: 08-10-2020

Sum Insured : ₹ 3 Lacs - ₹ 30 Lacs

The added boost that keeps you covered above and beyond your health plan.

Best suited for

Individual

Family

Multi Individual

Key Benefits

Cashless treatment at 6500+ hospitals

Option to choose any room category

All Day Care treatments covered

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UIN: MCIHLIP21121V022021
Launch Date: 01-10-2020

Sum Insured : Up To ₹ 5 Lacs

Affordable standard health insurance plan

Best suited for

Individual

Family

Multi Individual

Key Benefits

Coverage available for Allopathic & AYUSH treatments

Includes cover for Modern & Advanced Treatments

Affordable all India health coverage

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UIN: MCIHLIP20156V011920
Launch Date: 01-04-2020

Sum Insured : Up To ₹ 5 Lacs

Standard health insurance plan for Coronavirus disease

Best suited for

Individual

Family

Multi Individual

Key Benefits

Affordable all India coverage for Coronavirus

Hospital to Home care treatment up to Sum Insured

Discount for health care workers

Option to choose Hospital daily cash

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UIN: MCIHLIP21070V012021
Launch Date: 10-07-2020

Sum Insured : Up To ₹ 2.5 lacs

Covid standard benefit based health policy

Best suited for

Individual

Multi Individual

Key Benefits

Lump sum Benefit

All India Coverage

Affordable premium

No PPMC required

Sum Insured starting from ₹ 50000

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UIN: MCIHLIP21139V012021
Launch Date: 14-08-2020

Sum Insured : ₹ 500 - 5000 /Day

A daily cash plan to financially aid hospitalization expenses

Best suited for

Individual

Multi Individual

Key Benefits

Coverage up to 180 days per policy year

Access to online Wellness Program

Worldwide cover for illness or injury

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UIN: MCIHLIP21512V032021
Launch Date: 1-10-2020

Sum Insured : Up To ₹ 1 Crore

Every Detail Matters To Your Health

Best suited for

Employer-Employee Group

Non Employer-Employee Groups/
Association/ Institution/Society

Key Benefits

Flexible, comprehensive and easy healthcare for illness, injury

Choice of Base and Optional covers

Hospital, home care to OPD expenses cover under one plan

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UIN: MCIHLGP21172V032021
Launch Date: 11-09-2020

Sum Insured : Up To $ 10 Million

Every Detail Matters For Global Protection

Best suited for

Employer-Employee Group

Non Employer- Employee
Groups/Association/ Institution/Society

Key Benefits

Global care for hospitalisation, day care to out-patient treatment

Choice of base and multiple optional covers

Comprehensive health and wellness solutions

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UIN: MCIHLGP21247V032021
Launch Date: 01-10-2020

Sum Insured : Up To ₹ 50 Crore

Check Detail to Secure Each Member's Lifestyle

Best suited for

Employer-Employee Group

Non Employer-Employee
Groups/Association/ Institution/Society

Key Benefits

Umbrella cover of Group - Personal Accident and/or Critical Illness

Flexibility of Base and Optional covers

Income protection including dependent family cover

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UIN: MCIPAGP21235V032021
Launch Date: 25-09-2020

Sum Insured : Up To $ 50 Lac

Check Details To Secure Overseas Travel

Best suited for

Employer-Employee Group

Non Employer-Employee
Groups/Association/ Institution/Society

Key Benefits

A completely customizable travel protection solution

Choice of Base and Optional covers

Medical expenses & Travel inconvenience cover in a single plan

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UIN: CTTTGOP19019V011819
Launch Date: 28-05-2018

Sum Insured : Up To ₹ 5 Crore

Our All in One Plan to keep you healthy always

Best suited for

Employer-Employee Group

Non Employer-Employee
Groups/Association/ Institution/Society

Key Benefits

Flexibility to design a standard base cover to a premium comprehensive packaged solution

Range of covers including Accident, Mediclaim, Surgery, Domestic Travel and Wellness

Choice of Indemnity, Benefit, Regular cash payout (as per cover)

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UIN: MCIHLGP20120V011920
Launch Date: 29-06-2020

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What are the details to be provided at the time of intimation of claim?

The following details are to be provided to the company’s at the tine of intimation of Claim: Policy number, Name of policy, Name of the insured person in whose relation the Claim is being lodged. Nature of illness / injury. Name and address of the attending Medical Practitioner and hospital. Date of Admission and any other information as requested by Us.

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ManipalCigna Health Insurance

Health insurance is a written contract between you and an insurance company. Health insurance plans help recoversurgical and medical expenses incurred either by themselves or others insured as a part of their health insurance plan. Health insurance companies come to financial aid during illness or injury.

Having a health insurance policy is vital for multiple reasons. People who are insured receive timely medical aid and suffer less financial stress when it comes to paying medical expenses during illness and/or injury. The cost of medical care and hospitalization is on the rise and hence having health cover acts as a financial safety net to ensure minimum depletion of lifetimes savings. Now it is a fact that no one plans to get injured, or fall sick, but having a Mediclaim policy improves access to quicker and faster healthcare During an unforeseen medical event.

Here are a few reasons why everyone needs an health insurance plan.

1. Dynamic lifestyle: With the way life has evolved, there are multiple reasons for which having an       health insurance policy in place is crucial. The shift in the way we lead our lives has made us prone to illnesses and lifestyle diseases such as -Traffic laden commute to work, hectic work schedules, unhealthy eating habits, preservative-laden food, increasing pollution, reduced sleep, increased screen time have all added to the risk of developing health problems  from a younger age.

2. Ever increasing medical costs: Over the recent past, medical expenses have drastically increased. Hence in case of a medical emergency, which always comes as a surprise, people end up spending their lifetime savings. That can take a toll on future financial plans. Hence, a health insurance plan can help ensure that people have timely good quality healthcare facilities, and their finances remain safe.

3. Tax Rebate: One of the health insurance benefits is that the premium payments made for health insurance plans are eligible to receive tax deductions under section 80D of the Indian Income Tax Act. Anyone till 60 years of age can claim a tax deduction of up to ₹ 25,000 for the premium paid towards health insurance. The deduction can be claimed for payments made towards health insurance plans for themselves, their spouse and their children. Another method to increase the tax deduction is by getting an health insurance plan for your parents who are above the age of 60.

4. Cover for both pre and post hospitalization expenditure: A health insurance policy not only helps reduce mainstream medical costs but also can help reduce the financial stress caused by other expenses such as OPD expenses, ambulance charges, pharmacy and diagnostic tests. This makes it highly vital to purchase a health insurance policy for yourself and your family. Do ensure that the policy you opt for covers all such expenses.

Contrary to belief, Health Insurance is different from Medical insurance. Medical Insurance will only provide financial cover for hospitalization, pre-specified diseases and accidents. Also, the medical insurance cover will be for a pre-specified amount. On the other hand, health insurance provides a comprehensive financial cover against pre-hospitalization, hospitalization expenses and post-hospitalization expenses. Depending on the health plan you choose, it also covers ambulance expenses.

The main purpose of health insurance is to receive timely and effective medical care without putting any strain on your savings. Health insurance plans offer financial protection owing to increasing medical costs. Health insurance policies cover most medical expenses; some include hospitalization expenses, day-care procedures, domiciliary expenses and ambulance charges.

Here are a few other benefits of having a health insurance plan:

1. Financial cover against medical expenses

2. Financial cover against critical illnesses

3. Cashless claim benefits

4. Additional financial cover in addition to the cover given by employers

5. Tax exemption benefits

At ManipalCigna Health Insurance, we resonate with the commitment you make towards your health, and the health and well-being of your family. Through a wide range of comprehensive healthcare plans, we provide easy and lifelong access to quality healthcare. We are highly focused on protecting and improving your financial, physical and emotional health with our presence across the country and have great international pedigree too. We are your partners in both, illness and wellness and would be the right choice to get health insurance. We hold a firm belief that “Health Hai Toh Life Hai.”

  • Individual Health Insurance Plan: Individual health insurance plans are designed to cover policyholders against illnesses with cashless hospitalization and numerous other add-on features. Under this kind of policy, the entire sum insured covers only one individual. Hospitalization cover makes up the most basic health insurance plans, but additional riders (added coverage features) and benefits can be customised according to the individual's needs and the insurers’ offerings.

  • Family Floater Health Insurance Plan: A family floater is an health insurance plan with the benefits of individual plans, but extends the coverage to the entire family rather than just a single individual. A family floater plan ensures that all family members are covered under a single Mediclaim policy. However, any family member can make a claim. Being covered under a family floater health insurance plan is a smart choice as every family member benefits given that they come under a single large umbrella. The sum insured is generally really high, thus ensuring that everyone is still covered in spite of one of the members making a claim. One single policy also makes the management of finances easier than managing multiple individual health insurance plans.

  • Critical Illness Plan: A Critical Illness Policy covers the insured against life-threatening critical illnesses such as cancer, heart attacks, renal failure etc.  Since these specific illnesses are high-risk, they are not usually covered under basic hospitalisation plans and require to be purchased as an additional rider. The benefit of this medical insurance policy is that it provides coverage in the form of a lump-sum amount that is handed over to the policyholder at the time of the first diagnosis. Since these illnesses are long-term, the lump-sum amount can be used for the treatment of expenses depending on the policyholder’s needs.

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    Critical Illness Cover Policy – Lifestyle Protection Critical Care

  • Accident Insurance Plan: Personal Accident Insurance policy provides complete financial protection to the insured members against uncertainties such as accidental death, accidental bodily injuries, and partial/total disabilities, permanent as well as temporary disabilities resulting from an accident. The benefit of this insurance policy is that it can be claimed as a lump-sum amount that is handed over to the policyholder, at the time of the accident.  This policy is like a contingency fund, to protect against loss of income and additional costs that may arise as a result of serious accidents.

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    Personal Accident Cover Policy – Lifestyle Protection Accident Care

  • ManipalCigna ProHealth Insurance: This is a health insurance plan that is suitable for people who are single or recently married. The ManipalCigna ProHealth Protect health insurance plan provides comprehensive cover which can help secure your present as well as your future.
  • ManipalCigna Super Top Up: ManipalCigna Super Top Up, ensures that the health plan you’ve selected for your loved ones has adequate financial cover, over and above your health plan. After all, emergencies always spring a surprise.
     
  • ManipalCigna ProHealth Select: In this plan you have the freedom to design your own health insurance plan and pay for what you choose. You can customise the plan based on your personal needs in order to reassure the financial future of your family. Click here to know more about ManipalCigna ProHealth Select.
  • ManipalCigna ProHealth Cash: When a loved one is in the hospital, there are multiple small expenses which need to be made in cash. That is where a ManipalCigna ProHealth daily cash plan comes into play. A plan to financially aid hospitalization expenses and ensure you are not worried at that point of time.
  • Arogya Sanjeevani Policy: This is an affordable standard health insurance plan which is up to an amount of INR 5 Lacs. Click to know more about Arogya Sanjeevani Policy
     
  • Corona Rakshak Policy: Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, this is a standard benefit-based health policy up to an amount of INR 2.5 Lacs. Know about Corona Rakshak Policy here.
     
  • Corona Kavach Policy: This is a health. Insurance plan that is made to have your back given the current pandemic. This Corona Kavach health insurance is created to ensure financial cover for expenses made towards Covid-19 related hospitalization or/and home treatment.
  • ManipalCigna Group Insurance Policies: Manipal Cinga has numerous Group Health policies which include ProHealth Group Insurance Policy, ManipalCigna Lifestyle Protection Group Policy, ManipalCigna Group Overseas Travel Insurance Policy, ManipalCigna FlexiCare Group Insurance Policy and ManipalCigna Global Health Group Policy.

Given the change in our lifestyle, the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, and the ever-rising medical inflation, health insurance has become a primary requirement for every family. It is evident that the spread of Covid-19 is still going on at rapid pace. The worry is that asymptomatic people are unknowingly spreading the virus for no fault of their own. So, given so much uncertainty, a health insurance provider can help reduce the financial risks. This Covid-19 pandemic has brought a major shift in the way we as individuals and as a community think and act. Individuals have started keeping a close eye at their personal and their family healthcare requirements. That is why most people have started purchasing health insurance plans. Given the pandemic, ManipalCigna has launcheda Corona Kavach Policy for both, men and women, of any age which is also known as Covid standard health insurance policy that is developed by IRDAI and made available by ManipalCigna Health Insurance Company. This Corona health insurance is designed to cover expenses made towards Covid-19 related hospitalization/home care treatment. What’s more is that this policy also provides financial cover towards Pre and Post hospitalisation, Road ambulance, AYUSH treatment with an added option of Hospital daily cash.

Related Article: 15 Things to Know About Coronavirus

Financial planners will always look at health insurance as the starting point of all financial plans and goals. After all, illness and injury can strike at any time and a financial safety-net in the form of a health insurance policy can ensure that hard-earned savings are not depleted.

Buying a health insurance plan for yourself and your loved ones with adequate health cover certainly help reduce possible financial stress and burden.

The following features of health insurance plans should help you narrow down on a plan that secures you and your family:

  • Study your family health history and learn what kind of health cover is needed
  • Check out which indemnity cover suits you and your family
  • Study your lifestyle or use a coverage calculator to estimate how much of cover is apt
  • Study, in detail, the list of pre-existing ailments which are covered in the health policy
  • Check if your health insurance company gives you a co-pay option

Buying a health insurance plan is something that needs careful and attentive deliberation. It is something that can help safeguard the financial future of your family and hence it is important to ensure that you have the time and information at your fingertips. That is why, buying a health insurance plan online is important. Here are a few more reasons to buy health insurance online:

1. Information regarding all major insurance carriers is available easily

2. There is an abundance of choice with the entire market at your disposal

3. It is easy to compare different health insurance policies

4. It is highly convenient to shop for a health insurance plan

5. You have the chance to compare the best health insurance policies available in the industry

6. It is a quick, secure and easy method to transact and buy a health plan

7. It reduces agents and middlemen

8. The claim settlement ratio is high

9. The terms and conditions are clear and transparent

Here is a 5-step guide for how you can buy health insurance online. Buying a Mediclaim policy online is simple and quick. While you buy it online, if you have any queries, you can either get on to a chat or request a call back from the provider. Here are the steps that you should follow to generate a quick quote and then buy:

Step #1: Visit the buy online ManipalCigna page on the brand website. There is a form that you need to fill. You need to first have all the required information furnished and handy.

Step #2: Choose the product that you are looking for from the three options stated at the top of the form.

Step #3: Choose the kind of cover that you are looking for from the two options. The form changes based on your choice/requirement.

Step #4: Once you do that, fill up all the details about yourself and your family. There is no need to worry, the information is safe.

Step #5: Once you do this, you need to click on the quick quote to generate a quotation based on the details you filled in.

The clichéd and right answer to this question is that anyone and everyone should buy a health insurance plan. After all, it is a product that you are bound to benefit from when you buy it. However, if you are concerned whether you should buy one or not, here are a list of people that should look to buy an health insurance plan.

    1. Individual person / Bachelor / Spinster
    2. Family with spouse & parents
    3. People with financial responsibilities
    4. People with kids and old parents
    5. People with diabetes and hypertension
    6. People with critical illness history
    7. People that have hereditary illnesses in the family
    8. People looking to increase their health insurance coverage
    9. People looking to reducing their taxable income

There are multiple factors which are taken into consideration when the premium is calculated. No two premiums for the same plan are identical. Here are some of the major factors that help in deriving the premium of your health insurance plan:

  • Age: The first thing that insurance companies look at is your age. They do this to try and predict the likelihood that you will need to use the health insurance plan that you purchase. Hence, those who buy health insurance at a younger age usually pay lower premium as they are bound to fall ill less or would need a planned medical attention. With age, your health insurance premium is bound to increase. Hence, your age is directly going to affect your premium. This is one of the reasons you should buy an health insurance plan as soon as possible.

  • Type of cover: The type of cover you choose will affect your premium. A detailed and comprehensive medical health insurance plan will be more expensive than a basic plan. However, it is not advised to let this affect or alter the policy that you opt for. A comprehensive plan is always a good option to ensure that you are covered for a large amount and not taken by any sudden medical surprises.

  • Amount of cover: A simple thumb rule of insurance; the lesser the coverage, the cheaper is the premium to be paid. This works as a rule no matter what you are insuring. However, when it comes to increasing cost and inflation, it is important to have a reasonable amount of cover to ensure that your hard-earned savings are as untouched as possible.

  • Personal information: The insurance company will need you to furnish personal information in the lines of your health insurance claims history, your gender, marital status, basic lifestyle, family medical history for hereditary illnesses, general health status (weight, height etc.), habits such as smoking and alcohol intake, nature of your job, and place of residence. All such details affect the overall premium of your health insurance plan.

There are a lot of myths and misconceptions that people have about health insurance. Here are five myths related to the health insurance that you should be aware of to ensure that you are well informed while buying / claiming your health insurance.

Myth #1: Young and healthy individuals do not need a health insurance plan

Reality: Even if you are young and healthy you are at the risk of getting sick anytime. No one plans to fall ill or sick. Specially taking the context of the current situation of the COVID-19 outbreak, lots of youngsters fell sick and had to be hospitalized. If they did not have an health insurance plan, they would have ended up paying from their own pockets.

Read More: The Covid-19 Coronavirus and Your Current Health Insurance

Myth 2: My company has me covered under a corporate health plan, hence I do not need another personal health insurance plan

Reality: It certainly is a good thing that your company offers a corporate health cover. It does certainly bring peace of mind but more often than not, the cover might not be sufficient to cover medical expenses. Hence depending on that entirely is not the best choice. Also, if you quit your job or lose your job, then the health insurance benefit will also end. Hence, getting a plan for yourself and your family other than corporate cover makes a lot of sense.

Myth 3: Benefits of the health insurance plan you buy begin from the first day

Reality: This is a total misconception that many people have. All health insurance plans come with something called a waiting period. The usual waiting period is one month. During this period, you are not allowed to make any claim, however, some policies do cover accidental hospitalization from the first day itself.

Myth 4: My health insurance provider will cover unrevealed pre-existing illnesses

Reality: It is never a good idea to conceal information from your health insurance provider. If the insurance provider does find out about a pre-existing health illness or a hereditary illness that was hidden from them, then the claim can stand rejected. The health insurance company is always under the assumption that any pre-existing illness will be revealed to them during the time of purchase.

Myth 5: You have to be admitted in a hospital for a minimum of 24-hours to claim insurance

Reality: It is important to know that apart from in-patient hospitalization, you can claim your health insurance cover in case of day-care facilities also which are completed in less than 24-hours. Some of these procedures include dialysis, chemotherapy, cataract surgery, tonsil surgery, amongst others. On average most health insurance providers cover up to anything between 20 and 50 such day-care facilities.

Here is how you can make an health insurance claim to ensure that you are either reimbursed for your expenses or  the health insurance provider can make a cashless payment on your behalf.

  • Step1: Your pre-authorization form and medical records will be submitted by the hospital TPA to insurer TPA as specified in your policy card
  • Step 2: After assessing your claim request, an initial approval will be given.
  • Step 3: In case during hospitalization, there is a need to increase the approved cashless amount, the relevant documents need to be submitted by the hospital TPA desk to the insurer for enhancement.
  • Step 4: At the time of discharge, the hospital TPA will submit your final bill and discharge summary to insurer TPA.
  • Step 5: After final enhancement of your claim request, the insurer TPA gives final approval for the final billed amount.
  • Step 6: Once the final approval comes, there are some non-payable items and expenses depending on your policy terms, which are not covered by your insurance as per regulations. Please settle them with the hospital to complete the discharge formalities

Read More: Steps to Make Cashless Claims towards Health Insurance

One of the lateral financial benefits of buying health insurance is that the insured can get the tax benefit. The maximum amount you can save is INR 25,000. This can be saved under section 80D of the Income Tax Act. Do remember that both 'defined benefit' and 'indemnity' health insurance plans can help get tax benefits on the premium paid. Also, note Family Floater plans, daily hospital cash plans and critical illness plans all qualify for similar tax benefits.

Read More: Skim Through the Pros and Cons of Critical Illness Health Insurance Plans

We all already know the importance of getting health insurance for yourself and your family. However, it is essential for everyone to keep in mind the following three tips before they opt to purchase a health insurance plan.

  • Have sufficient health insurance cover: It is important to note that in spite of being covered via your company through a corporate group health insurance, you should still have a personal policy for yourself and your family. This is because your corporate cover will end once you switch jobs, retire or lose your job. Also, there is an uncertainty that the company might withdraw this benefit. Having additional cover during times of inflation and increasing medical costs is a wise thing to do.

  • Choose the right amount as sum insured: It is important to note rising costs (inflation), increased medical expenses and general cost of medical care while deciding the sum insured. By rule of thumb, if you are residing in a smaller city, then you should look for a health insurance cover of at least INR five lakhs, whereas, if you live in a metropolitan then your cover should not be anything less than INR 10 lakhs.

Read More: How to Get the Best Budget Health Insurance Plan?

  • Get health insurance at an early age: It is important to get health insurance as early in life as possible. You should look at buying a health cover definitely before you turn 40. The reason for this is the changing dynamic lifestyle and in addition to that, you are less likely to make claims at that age meaning you are liable to receive a no-claims bonus and other benefits that add up to the original coverage every claim-free year.

  • Pre-existing health conditions

Any sort of pre-existing health conditions, illness or medical conditions that the insured may or may not be suffering at the time of buying the health insurance plan are not covered. The insurance plan he/she opts for covers unforeseen medical situations. However, do note that pre-existing health conditions are covered, but with a clause of a waiting period. The waiting period for such pre-existing health conditions are defined in the policy kit.

  • Cosmetic Surgery

Any form of cosmetic procedures and dental procedures that are done to enhance the physical look and appearance is excluded from health insurance. However, it is essential to note that when it is recommended by a doctor, medical practitioner, specialist or a general physician due to an accident and /or injury, then it is covered under your health insurance plan. In addition to these, joint replacement surgeries are also excluded from common health insurance plans.

  • Injuries caused but intentional self-harm and suicide attempts

It is important to note that intentional suffering and injury caused to oneself or a harmful attempt to end one’s life is not covered under any health insurance plan. Do keep in mind that such physical injuries are under, all circumstances (waiting period included), never covered by any health insurance policy.

  • Alternative Treatment and Special Therapies

It is a known fact that there is something called alternative medicine. Some people choose to try out alternative methods as they do not find the required relief through regular treatment. Such therapies, special treatments, alternative treatments, acupressure, magnetic therapy, naturopathy, Ayurveda, sound healing etc. are not covered under a lot of medical insurance policies.

The waiting period is the amount of time a person who has bought an insurance policy has to wait before a part of or all of their coverage comes into effect and is ready to use. It is important to note that the person insured might not receive any benefits for claims that are filed during this waiting period. Waiting periods are also known as qualifying periods and/or elimination periods.

Some maternity health insurance plans cover all expenses that are associated with childbirth. These expenses are covered up to a certain period bit pre and post- pregnancy. There are two ways of insuring childbirth - it can be a standalone policy or be included as an add-on in your existing health insurance plan with maternity cover by paying an extra premium.

A rider is an additional benefit which can be added to your health insurance plan. The reason this is done is to ensure that you have a more extensive cover for a few things that are not included in a basic health insurance plan. However, while adding riders, it is important to note that the IRDAI has capped premium on riders to a maximum of 30% of the basic health insurance plan.

Health emergencies strike without invitation or intimation. It is very important to have a critical illness cover as it provides additional coverage for heart attacks, strokes or even cancer. The reason is, treatment for these medical emergencies and illnesses cost far greater than average. These critical illness policies have a cash pay-out which help in covering those expenses if you might fall short.

So, what do you do when you want to port your health insurance policy between health insurance providers? All you need to do is approach the new health insurance provider about 60 days before your existing health insurance policy expires. Then you will need to fill a proposal form for portability. You will have to furnish details and copies of your previous year policy and then apply to port it from your existing provider to the new one.

1. Beneficiary vs Nominee: A beneficiary is a person or entity that gets the insurance proceeds when the insured dies. And a nominee is the person that receives the insurance proceeds when the insured dies. Here, the nominee receives the proceeds but may not be able to use it.

2. Sum assured vs Sum insured: Sum assured is a pre-defined amount that is to be paid in case of an eventuality. Life insurance works on the sum assured. While sum insured is the upper limit of the pay-out an insurer is liable to pay in case of any eventuality to the insured. Health insurance works on the sum insured.

3. Agent vs Aggregator: An insurance agent is nothing but a sales representative of an insurance company. An aggregator is a platform where a buyer can see and compare several plans to suit his/her needs.

4. Co-pay vs Co-insurance: Both co-pay and co-insurance are out-of-pocket expenses that are needed to be borne by the insured. The difference, however, is that while co-pay is a fixed sum that needs to be paid, co-insurance is a fixed percentage of the entire claim amount.

1. What is a family health insurance plan?

A family health insurance policy is a health insurance cover which provides medical insurance for all members of your family within one policy itself. The members that you can include are yourself, your spouse, all your kids and your parents. The reason this is so useful is that it gives you the ability to manage all the health insurance requirements within one single health insurance policy.

2. Can a single individual have multiple health insurance covers?

Yes, it is possible for an individual to have multiple health insurance covers. In most cases, people are covered by their personal health insurance as well as an employer health insurance cover. The smart thing to do is to use the individual policy and opt for riders like critical illness insurance cover, personal accident cover, etc. This ensures that you have sufficient cover in case of a medical emergency and do not have to dip into your savings.

3. How do I choose the right health insurance cover?

There are a few things that you need to keep in mind while choosing the right health insurance partner. Look for the following points that you should factor-in in your health insurance plan:

  • The amount of cover should be sufficient to cover the medical expenses of all family members.
  • The correct type of health insurance plan. Choose wisely between Individual plans, family floater plans, senior health insurance, etc.
  • Ensure that your provider has a vast list of network hospitals to make sure you get high quality and timely medical attention during an emergency.
  • Ensure that the reputation of your health insurance provider is good. You can ask for the claim to settlement ration to help understand if they follow through with their claims.

4. Can I increase the sum insured of my health insurance policy after purchasing it?

If you feel that your health insurance sum insured is not enough, you can in fact, have it increased. However, you have to make sure you do it before the policy begins. If the policy period has started, then you have to wait for it to end. Only after that, you can get the health insurance sum insured increased during the renewal process. However, no one stops you from having two health insurance plans at one time. Hence, if you think that your cover is not enough, you can purchase a second health insurance plan to cover the difference.

5. Am I allowed to cancel my health insurance policy once the period begins?

It is imperative to remember that you can cancel a health insurance policy only within the first 15 days. These 15 days are referred to as the free-look period. In these 15 days, you are expected to study your health plan, read the policy wordings and then agree to its clauses. If you disagree with any of the details and clauses, then you can have it cancelled within the first 15 days. If that does happen, then the insurance provider will subtract all the expenses incurred during the health check-up, the stamp duty, etc. and then give you the rest as a refund.

6. Is a maternity cover available in a standard health insurance plan?

In most cases, maternity cover will not be available under a health insurance policy. Some insurance providers include this as an advantage that can be availed after a waiting period while for some, it needs to be purchased as a rider. There are also a few specific maternity health insurance plans that you can look at to stay covered.

7. Am I liable to receive a loyalty discount during the renewal of my health insurance policy?

In most cases, yes, you can get a discount on your health insurance premium. However, this can be done only when you opt to renew your policy with the same health insurance provider.