Both health insurance providers and policyholders received a wake-up call from the Covid-19 pandemic. While it revealed the flaws in the healthcare system, it also allowed the regulator to fill in many gaps and add new features that could provide better and adequate protection for people purchasing health insurance policies. Here is how the pandemic has improved health insurance coverage.
Specific Products That Meet Needs
Seniors with pre-existing conditions like diabetes or high blood pressure had limited health insurance options until recently. However, today, a growing array of plans are designed specifically for senior citizens, including those with existing health conditions. While these plans may have certain restrictions, such as a coverage limit or co-payment in health insurance, seniors should consider individual health policies rather than family floater plans. Income tax rebate for parents’ treatment when covering medical treatment expenses provides crucial financial relief during challenging healthcare circumstances. Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under the health insurance policy. **
Flexibility To Choose Between An Affordable Plan And Enhanced Features
Health insurance providers increasingly offer policyholders greater flexibility to tailor their coverage to match their needs and financial constraints. These need-based plans are designed to cater to today’s diverse medical requirements, allowing customers to include or exclude benefits as needed. Many health insurance policies now provide premium control options, such as co-payment and deductible management and the ability to adjust room rent limits. Modular health insurance plans enhance flexibility, enabling customers to compare features, inclusions, exclusions, and terms online before making informed decisions. *
Solutions That Are Tailored To Your Needs
The better the insurers can manage their risk, the more information they have about the policyholders. According to a consumer’s family history, lifestyle, and income bracket, data is used to create individualised health insurance products. Fitness bands and other wearable technology are being used to give insurance companies real-time health-related information about policyholders, which is another step towards helping insurers create customised insurance.
OPD And Other Expense Coverage
Traditionally, health insurance plans excluded outpatient care, but this is changing. Outpatient care has become a significant healthcare spending component. Policyholders with OPD riders (typically costing an additional 15% to 20% in premiums) can now claim doctor consultations, diagnostic tests, pharmacy costs, and more expenses. Cashless OPD health insurance encompasses lab work, X-rays, regular check-ups, vaccinations, and dental, hearing, and optical care, with the sum insured ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 50,000. Some plans allow policyholders to upgrade coverage and even provide global coverage. Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under the health insurance policy. *
Other Significant Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) Actions To Increase Health Coverage
- Insurance Coverage For Mental Illness: Insurers now treat mental illnesses on par with physical conditions. Comprehensive health plans typically cover a range of mental health conditions like bipolar disorder, dementia, acute depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Patients currently on antidepressants need to disclose this as a pre-existing condition (PED) beforehand for risk assessment by underwriters. Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under the health insurance policy.
- Disability And HIV Coverage: The IRDAI in February 2023 instructed general insurers to offer a specific cover for persons with disabilities (PWD), persons with HIV/AIDS and those with mental illness and put a board-approved underwriting policy in place. Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under the health insurance policy. #
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**Tax benefits are subject to change in prevalent tax laws.
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