The Types of Health Insurance Policies
There are three types of health insurance cover available in the market today. These are
These policies cover you for hospitalization expenses. Actual hospitalization expenses are paid subject to a maximum limit of the sum assured opted for. All insurers offer policyholders cashless treatment in their network of hospitals. Policyholders can also pay upfront and then claim reimbursement from the insurer.
We recommend Mediclaim as a basic “must have” health insurance to our customers. Mediclaim can be individual or a family floater. In individual every person has his or her own individual policy. In a family floater the members of a family pay a single premium and have one insurance policy that covers the family. Sometimes parents and in-laws can also be included in the family cover. A floater cover provides a lot of flexibility for the family and normally works out more economical.
Fixed Benefit Cover
These is a new class of insurance products in the Indian market. These plans pay a pre-determined sum of money depending upon the number of days a person is in hospital and the type of surgery done. This amount may be more or less than the actual expenses you incur. We recommend this as an additional insurance to purchase after you have the basic mediclaim policy. Similar to the indemnity cover, fixed benefit cover has individual and family floater options. Fixed benefit policies will pay you the benefit even if the actual costs are reimbursed by a mediclaim policy.
Critical Illness plans
In these plans a fixed sum of money is paid if the person gets certain pre-specified diseases. Plans can cover anywhere from 9 to 35 diseases. In our view these plans are best bought after one has the basic medicliam and fixed benefit plans. They are ideal for diseases that are debilitating but may not require constant hospitalization – for example cancer or renal failure.
Each of the insurance plans described here can be taken for a single Individual or may include dependents such as the spouse, minor children, parents, parents-in-law, grandparents and grandchildren.