FAQ's

1) I am young and healthy. Do I really need health insurance?

Yes. You will need insurance. Even if you're young, healthy and haven't had to see a doctor in years, you will need coverage against unexpected events like accidents or an emergency. While your health insurance coverage may/may not (depending on the policy taken) pay for things that aren't too costly like routine doctor's visits, the main reason to have coverage is to have protection against the large treatment expenses of serious illness or injury. No one knows when a medical emergency might strike. It is best to buy health insurance, to save money when an emergency strikes.

2) Is Health Insurance the same as Life Insurance?

No. Life Insurance protects your family (or dependents) from financial loss that may arise in the event of your untimely death/or if something happens to you. The payout is made only post the death of the person insured or at the maturity of the policy. Health Insurance protects you against ill health/diseases by covering the expenses you might incur (for treatment, diagnosis etc.) in case you are affected by disease or injury. There is no payout made at maturity. Health insurance also needs to be renewed annually.

3) Is there any tax benefit that one can avail of while purchasing Health Insurance?

Yes, there is a tax benefit available under Section 80D of the income tax act 1961. Every tax payer can avail an annual deduction of Rs. 15,000 from taxable income for payment of Health Insurance premium for self and dependants. For senior citizens, this deduction is Rs. 20,000. Please note that you will have to show the proof for payment of premium. (Section 80D benefit is different from the Rs 1, 00,000 exemptions under Section 80 C)

4) Is a medical checkup necessary before buying a policy?

A medical checkup is necessary for a new health insurance policy for customers above the age of 45 years. Medical checkups are usually not needed for renewal of policies.

5) What is coverage amount?

Coverage amount is the maximum amount payable in the event of a claim. It is also known as “sum insured” and “sum assured”. The premium of the policy is dependent on the coverage amount chosen by you.