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Best Health Insurance Plans for Diabetics in India

For treatments related to diabetes, one can take a health insurance policy. Indian health insurers offer exclusive plans for diabetes such as Star Health Diabetes Safe, ICICI Prudential Diabetes Care, National Insurance Varishta Mediclaim, etc.
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Diabetes in India

As a diabetic in India, it can be hard to find good health insurance products that don’t have terms and conditions that totally exploit you. As we all know, health insurance companies today are being run like businesses that will do anything to release themselves from the legal obligation of parting with their money and paying you the insurance benefit that’s due. Diabetes falls under the “high risk” category or is written off as a pre-existing ailment and any medical expenses arising out of the same are not eligible for claims.

Escape from annoying clauses and enjoy the benefits of excellent insurance cover with these health insurance plans for diabetes:

Insurance Company Plan Name Features Link to Plan Details
Star Health Insurance Diabetes Safe
  • Age limit – 18 to 65 years.
  • Applicable for those already living with Diabetes Mellitus or even those at risk for Diabetes Mellitus.
  • Sum assured options from Rs.50,000 to Rs.5,00,000.
  • Available on individual and floater basis.
  • Covers all complications from diabetes from day 1 of the policy.
  • Pre-hospitalization expenses taken care of for up to 30 days prior to hospitalization.
  • Post-hospitalization expenses taken care of for up to 60 days after discharge from the hospital.
  • Automatic restoration of Basic Sum Insured by 100% (not available for floater policy).
  • Income tax benefits under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act, 1961.
  • Cashless hospitalization in over 6,000 network hospitals.
  • No TPA, direct in-house claim settlement.
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ICICI Prudential Diabetes Care
  • Age limit – 25 to 60 years.
  • Applicable to those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes or Pre-Diabetes.
  • Sum assured options of Rs.3,00,000, Rs.5,00,000 and Rs.10,00,000.
  • Diabetes enhanced benefit rider: 10% of the base sum assured.
  • If you are diagnosed after 1 year of the policy being in force, you will get 100% of the sum assured. If it happens between 6 – 12 months after the policy’s start date, you will receive 50% of the sum assured and if it happens in under 6 months of the policy start date, you will receive all the premiums paid that far.
  • The policy has a fixed 5 year term.
  • The claim is payable only after 28 days of survival after the diagnosis.
  • HbA1c tests, blood pressure tests and pulse rate measuring will have to be done every 4th and 8th month of every year that the policy is in force. ICICI Prudential will sponsor these tests.
  • Reduced premiums if you are able to control and manage your diabetes.
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Apollo Munich Health Insurance Apollo Munich Energy
  • Applicable to those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, IFG, ITG and/or Hypertension.
  • Covers hospitalization expenses for periods over 24 hours.
  • Pre-hospitalization expenses covered for 30 days before hospitalization.
  • Post-hospitalization expenses covered or 60 days after discharge.
  • Medical expenses covered for over 144 day care procedures.
  • Medical expenses covered for organ harvesting from donors for organ transplantation.
  • Up to 25% reduction in premiums if you are able to control and manage your diabetes.
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National Insurance Varishta Mediclaim
  • Specially designed for senior citizens.
  • Applicable to those suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, IFG, ITG and/or Hypertension.
  • Age limit – between 60 – 80 years old.
  • Renewable up to the age of 90.
  • Sum assured is Rs.1,00,000 which can go up to Rs.2,00,000 with critical illness cover (additional).
  • Premiums start from Rs.4,100.
  • Even pre-existing diabetes is covered right from inception at 10% additional premium.
  • No medical check-up required if the insured person was covered under any policy of the National Insurance Company or other Insurance companies for the previous 3 years without any interruption.
  • Claims arising due to Cataract will be covered only up to Rs.10,000.
  • Claims arising out of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia will be covered only up to Rs.20,000.
  • Domiciliary hospitalization will be covered only up to 20% of the sum insured.
  • Ambulance charges covered up to Rs.1,000.
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Religare Health Insurance Care Freedom
  • Minimum entry age - 18 years for adults, Maximum age - no limit
  • Applicants with type II and type III diabetes can also avail the Religare Care Freedom health insurance scheme
  • Sum assured is a maximum of Rs.5 lakhs
  • Individual as well as floater options available for up to 6 members
  • Lifelong renewability is offered on the Care Freedom scheme from Religare
  • Day care treatment is also covered across numerous hospitals in the country
  • Ambulance cover is included in the policy
  • Companion benefit of maximum Rs.15,000 is offered to policyholders
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Diabetes can be an uphill battle for those that suffer from it, and their dependents. Medical expenses for diabetics are far more than those for non-diabetics, and so are the risks involved. It’s a very real struggle in today’s world, but the new health insurance products in the market should ease the pressure a little bit.

It should be kept in mind that while premiums for these types of specific policies are generally higher than those of a regular insurance policy, they can be reduced with a controlled diet and regular exercise, which reduces the danger that diabetes poses to a person’s health. Taking care of your health will actually help you to see visible reductions in your premium costs, and your waistline. You can enable savings and increase your own physical and mental well-being by regularizing an exercise regimen and sticking to it.

GST rate of 18% applicable for all financial services effective July 1, 2017.

Disclaimer: Premiums may vary depending upon factors like age, location and prevailing taxes/GST.

Health Insurance Plans for Diabetics in India Reviews

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  • United India Health Insurance
    "Very Good Service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I had taken this insurance policy in the year of 2018 and the the premium has been deducting from my salary. The premium amount has not been too high and there has been many hospitals collaborated within my locality. There has also been some cashless treatment available with this policy as well.
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    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have my health insurance with Star health insurance, i had claim experience with it, my experience was good, they have good tie up with my hospital and they have mailed me about the location of it, and i am happy with there service, they have charged me premium amount on yearly basis, and the premium amount is nominal for me, and i use to pay through on line mode.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • Max Bupa Health Insurance
    "Good service"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken my health insurance with Max BUPA , i have not opt there policy yet and i use to pay premium on monthly bases , and it use to get auto debit from my account and while i applied for health insurance customer service had explained me about all procedure , so far the process went smoothly and it good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • Max Bupa Health Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I got the health insurance with Max bupa health insurance, there service is good, they have charged me premium nominal ,and the premium is on yearly basis, and they have tie up with many hospital , and had shared the details via mail, and i pay premium amount through on line mode.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I got the health insurance with HDFC Ergo, they got tie up with many hospitals, and they have shared me location on those hospital in mail, and they have charged me nominal premium amount ,they have charged me up to 17000-18000 as premium, it is on yearly basis, and i use to pay the premium on an on line basis.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 17, 2019
  • SBI General Health Insurance
    "Bad experience"
    0.5 1.0/5 "Really Bad"
    I got the health insurance with SBI, they got tie up with many hospitals. I Felt the medical cover its less and i am not happy with there support team ,like if i want to call the customer care there number would not be reachable and they use to mail me PDF after paying premium amount,it would not get open, they have charged me premium amount on yearly basis,i have bad experience with this bank.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , gurgaon
    Reviewed on Jan 16, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
    "Very good benefits"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have a health insurance from HDFC ERGO which was purchased by me in the year of 2018 because the benefits are very good. The claim process was simple and they have more number of hospitals for cashless. I have paid 18,800 for one year and took 3 years policy for myself and my wife. The medical coverage is 10L for myself and 5L for wife.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I have taken health insurance from HDFC Ergo which was offered along my personal loan. I have received the insurance paper and its been couple of months. It covers critical illness and need to go through the policy benefits. Always the customer is good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 14, 2019
  • Tata AIG Health Insurance
    "Great company"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken health insurance from tata aig. I did take health insurance from tata aig for my parents and The Process was so simple. Customer representative is good. The customer service and response was on time, never had any issues. Now I feel safe for my family Thank you tata aig.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , solapur
    Reviewed on Jan 12, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
    "Good Health insurance provider"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    This policy was part of my employment, I took the medical coverage of Rs. 5 lakhs for the tenure of one year, this medical benefits for my entire. They have good networks of hospital with major disease cover. But I think it doesn't have no claim bonus.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019
  • Reliance General Health Insurance
    "On time approval with reliance"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    For my spouse operation I used the health policy, I approached them for the claim through hospital. I submitted the form and they send the papers to the Reliance insurance company. I got the cash less treatment, but I paid some amount which was not covered. But they gave me the on time approval.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Jan 11, 2019
  • Cigna TTK Health Insurance
    "On time service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    On time Cigna TTK have activated the policy which provided by the company, the policy which I hold it has the coverage of Rs. 4 lakhs its covers for me. They are providing coverage for the pre existing with the tax benefits but there is no claim.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , dandeli
    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
  • Cigna TTK Health Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    In Cigna TTK, they are providing pre existing disease cover, but they don't have no claim bonus features. The response is good they have good customer care working 24/7 , the medical coverage is good for me and entire family. They have many hospital which they got tie up in Mumbai.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 10, 2019
  • Apollo Munich Health Insurance
    "Excellent Service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I had taken this insurance policy a while back and i had been paying the premium amount on an annual basis. The premium method has been convenient and the premium amount has not been high. There has been many hospitals covered in my locality and their customer support has also been helpful.
    Was this review helpful? 2
    , pune
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My organization has provided me a health insurance with ICICI Lombard. I have not claimed anything from this policy. My entire family has been covered in this policy. They have given me a coverage value of Rs. 3 lakhs. This is a cashless policy.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , new delhi
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My company has offered a health insurance from Star Health with the coverage of 1L, its for the family, Still I have not used the policy and am gone utilize the policy within 15 days for my family.They covers a major disease. I have called the customer service and the response is good. I am planning to go for reimbursement, they do have minor network of hospitals for cashless. I can recommend after completing my claim.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
  • National Insurance Health Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My company has provided me a health policy from National insurance with the coverage of 2L. It is for the family members and no claim. I never contacted the customer service. Every year it was renewed by the company. They have limited networks of hospitals for cashless. It does not cover only eye problems, if we got admitted in hospital for 24hrs then applicable for claim.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , pondicherry
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
  • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a health policy from ICICI Lombard by last month. They have offered the policy based on my credit card experience. They have charged 10,800 rupees as a premium per annum. The policy period us 3 years. Am satisfied with the policy benefits. The customer service is excellent and they have explained well.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , pondicherry
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
  • Apollo Munich Health Insurance
    "Good medical cover with Apollo"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I got the medical cover of Rs. 3 lakhs its covers for my four persons, they got tie up with major hospital. I don't have any medical card but if I want to go for claim. There is a person who coordinate for Tata employee. They do have cash less treatment.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Its Good"
    0.5 3.5/5 "Pretty good"
    I have taken the policy personally from my end for my parents. Star Health is providing pre existing disease cover, and major disease cover like heart disease and they do have no claim bonus. Senior citizen plan is good for the elders it has the medical coverage value around Rs.3 lakhs.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 09, 2019
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