Health Insurance For Expats In India

Medical care in India might be cheap when compared to first-world nations. However, as an expatriate in the country, it is always a wise option to buy a health insurance policy. Investing in a good policy will prevent any extra expenditures. A health plan will also protect you and your family in medical emergencies like injuries and accidents. It is especially helpful if you have a pre-existing condition that you are undergoing treatment for.

If you are staying in India for a short duration, consider buying a travel insurance policy. A travel health insurance policy is usually valid for shorter durations. Such policies cover the costs of emergency treatments and emergency evacuation mainly. However, if you are planning to stay for a longer duration, it is advisable to buy a private health insurance policy from an Indian insurer or invest in an international healthcare plan.

Health Insurance for Expats:

Travelling to a new country comes with its own challenges. However, in the adjusting phase do not forget the importance of healthcare. A medical emergency can befall upon anyone, anytime. In such cases, a health insurance policy will help you stay prepared financially.

Often employers provide health covers for the employee and any family member travelling to the country. In case, your employer doesn't provide a health insurance policy, you can buy one yourself. India has a plethora of insurance providers and each come with varying offers. You can choose from different plans and pick the one that fits your needs.

International Insurance vs. Travel Insurance:

Though it is common to confuse travel insurance with international insurance, both are very different in nature and coverage. Here are some distinct differences between the two:

Travel Insurance International Insurance
Duration Short term Long term
Worldwide treatment No Yes
Facilities
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Loss of personal belongings
  • Loss of luggage
  • Hospitalization
  • Coverage of pre-existing illnesses
  • Routine medical check-ups

International insurance policies have various benefits and are very customizable in nature. It allows the policyholder to receive medical treatment in any part of the world. The same feature makes it very flexible in nature.

Travel insurance is ideal if you are travelling for a shorter duration. Such policies usually have a higher sum insured since the policy period in short. Travel insurance policies cover evacuation charges in case the medical needs of the policyholder can’t be met in the foreign country.

International insurance policies are usually more suitable for expats due the renewability feature, long-term duration, and comprehensive coverage.

When to Buy the Policy?

It is advisable to opt for a policy few months ahead of moving abroad. Since the insurance company requires relevant documents and other necessary paperwork, starting the process a couple of months in advance will fasten the whole procedure. The sooner you start the process, the sooner you’ll get health cover in the new country.

Insurance coverage:

If you choose to buy an insurance policy after moving to India, make sure that it provides the necessary coverage. Even if you already have an insurance policy provided by your employer, consider investing in add-on covers like dental and vision, emergency evacuation, and maternity among other things.

Important Points to Remember While Buying a Health Policy:

When buying a policy keep the following points in mind to ensure that all your needs are covered:

  • Check if the claims are on a cashless basis or on reimbursement basis. Cashless facility can be very beneficial in a foreign country and hence, make sure your policy contains that.
  • Insurers provide cashless facilities only in their network hospitals. Therefore, make sure to choose an insurer with a wide network of hospitals.
  • Before buying a policy, invest some time in research. Compare plans from different insurers to find the best deal.
  • It is important to check the plan’s sum insured. A lower value might not cover all your medical expenses while a very high sum insured will increase your premiums.
  • Read the finer details of the policy document to prevent any confusions during the claim.
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Health Insurance For Expats In India Reviews

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  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Good policy "
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    I taken a health insurance from STAR HEALTH on last 6 months back which was taken via online. It covers my whole family of 3 members for the total amount of 5. The premium amount need to pay of 12K. The tenure period of 1 year. I have not used this card much. I haven't done any claim yet.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020
  • Bajaj Allianz
    Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance
    "Good policy "
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have taken a health insurance policy from Bajaj Allianz which was taken for my mother. Policy coverage value was Rs. 1L and the premium its a one time payment, i got a offer because i am maintain CREDIT SCORE good. Still there is a no claim and i paid 3 years back, during renewal time i am not getting any calls from insurance company. This policy covers 200 hospital 30-50% in all hospital can get a claim.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020
  • Religare Health Insurance
    "Good insurance company "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My personal need I taken health insurance from RELIGARE on 2 years back. Actually my previous company taken health insurance got lapse, hence for better option I continued with same need to pay the premium of 5K. It covers up to myself. The coverage amount of 5L, since there is no claim yet I got bonus of 10% so as of now 5.5L. They tied up with many hospitals and cash less treatment is applicable.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020
  • Max Bupa Health Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    This is an individual policy, cover fro myself and this is from Max Bupa. Yearly i am paying premium of Rs. 3000 and the coverage value of Rs. 5L and still there is a no claim. Every year i am getting 5% no claim bonus and this is a life long policy. Its a tax benefit plan for major and listed hospitals can avail a cash less, if non listed have to pay then we can reimburse.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020
  • Royal Sundaram Health Insurance
    "Good insurer"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My employer has given me a health insurance policy from ROYAL SUNDARAM and they have provided me a coverage amount of Rs. 3L. It covers myself and my spouse are covered in this policy.The premium amount need to pay of 7.5K on yearly basis. They have a cashless facility with many hospital.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Excellent service"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have taken health insurance from STAR HEALTH on last year for my personal use, it covers my whole family of 4 members. The sum average value is 5L. I am renewing the policy by paying the premium amount of 14K on yearly. Many hospitals are tied with them and they provide cashless treatment as well.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , rajahmundry
    Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Average "
    0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
    For my personal purpose, I have taken a health insurance from TATA AIG on 3 years back. On yearly, I use to renew the policy which I need to pay the premium amount of 20K via online. It covers up to myself. The sum assured amount is 2.4L. They tied up with limited hospitals only and there is no cashless treatment.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 18, 2020
  • Oriental Insurance Health Insurance
    "Good policy "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My company provides me a health policy from ORIENTAL insurance and this is a group insurance. Annual premium i am paying Rs. 4840 and still there is no claim and the coverage value is Rs. 2 lakhs. During the renewal time, i use to get reminder call from the support team.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Mar 16, 2020
  • review Health Insurance
    "Need online service "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I am paying about Rs. 20k yearly for health insurance to PARAMOUNT. This is group policy and the coverage of Rs. 10L since 5 years i am using this health insurance. I went for a claim which was reimbursed. The main factor is they are asking lots of documents which they need to make it simple.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , thane
    Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020
  • Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance
    "Okay"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I have received the Bajaj Allianz mediclaim policy from Bajaj Finserv on EMI basis. Cashless facility is available and am paying Rs.640 for a month. This policy is not available in the market. I wish if their executive were more polite and helpful. Its a self policy which covers 5L. Am renewing this policy from last 3years.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , kochi
    Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Good "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    Health insurance policy which i have taken from STAR HEALTH and this is a family floater policy. I am using since 4 years still there is no claim and this insurance will cover all types of critical illness. Annually i am paying premium Rs. 13000 and its a Tax benefit policy.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020
  • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
    "Good policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    ICICI offered me a health insurance and this is a group policy which covered for Rs. 4L. This insurance will cover all types of critical illness and day care treatment, still there is no claim with ICICI Lombard. I can avail cashless treatment with the listed hospitals.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Mar 14, 2020
  • United India Health Insurance
    "Best policy "
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    From United India Insurance, i have taken a health insurance. This is a group insurance and i am paying premium per annum Rs. 4900. This policy covers all critical illness and there is a no age criteria, I can use this policy for life long. It covers Tax benefit under sec 80D also network of hospitals are good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , kolkata
    Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020
  • United India Health Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    This is a group health policy which was taken through TATA AIG and the coverage value of Rs. 3L. I am paying premium yearly Rs. 6000. Its been one year and still there is no claim and this policy covers day care treatment and this can be used till life long.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020
  • Apollo Munich Health Insurance
    "OKAY"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    From Apollo Munich, i have taken a health insurance and this is a joint policy. The policy coverage value is Rs. 5L for a life long. I am paying the premium yearly Rs. 16k and still there is no claim on this policy. It covers all network of hospitals.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , indore
    Reviewed on Mar 13, 2020
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "WORST and WORST"
    0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
    Star health and Allied insurance cheaters don't go with this policy they are looting people worst and worst there are corporate beggars- frauds ,corporate beggars- frauds ,corporate beggars- frauds ,corporate beggars- frauds ,corporate beggars- frauds
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Nice Policy"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    From my company side, they have provided me a health insurance from TATA AIG. I can do a cashless treatment facility in a network hospital hence i have fixed the appointment also. This policy covers only for myself. They have given me a coverage value of Rs. 3 lakhs. I don't have any claim experience till now.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Good products at affordable right pricing"
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    I love the way they communicate everything. Inclusions and exclusions were explained in a right way to help me choose right product at right pricing. i got a healthcare for my whole family without burning a hole in my pocket. recommended to all
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , mumbai
    Reviewed on Mar 11, 2020
  • Star Health Health Insurance
    "Good "
    0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
    My friend has suggested to apply health insurance, so for my personal need I had taken a health insurance from STAR HEALTH on 10 months before. They tied up with many hospitals and it covers all city. There is cash less treatment and the policy includes 4 family members, need to pay the premium amount of 12K on yearly basis.
    Was this review helpful? 1
    , chennai
    Reviewed on Mar 10, 2020
  • review Health Insurance
    "Good"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My health insurance policy is running with Aditya Birla Health Insurance. This is a family floater policy and i am paying premium around Rs. 14k yearly. Still there is no claim and this insurance covers all network of hospitals. This policy has some TAX benefits.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , lucknow
    Reviewed on Mar 09, 2020
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