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    What is Maternity Health Insurance?

    Maternity insurance provides cover for maternity-related expenses. According to latest reports, the average age of women becoming mothers has risen to 32 to 33 years in India. There is a view that women who have their first child in their early 30s are more likely to have complicated pregnancies. Significantly, the ratio of caesareans to normal deliveries stood at 65:35 in metropolitan cities, according to a study done in the recent past. Several women are, therefore, increasingly opting for health insurance plans which offer maternity expenses as well. Typically, maternity insurance plans come with high premiums and long waiting periods.

    Maternity-related expenses are covered in the form of riders of a health insurance product (policyholders will be charged additional premium for the cover). In some cases, maternity coverage comes under the ambit of OPD related expenses. In other cases, group policy in the company encompasses maternity insurance.

    Features and Benefits of Maternity Health Insurance:

    The salient features and benefits of health insurance for maternity coverage are listed in the table below:

    Features Description
    Waiting period Most maternity health insurance policies have a waiting period of 3 to 6 years in that a policyholders can claim benefits only after the said period of time post commencement of insurance policy. Group insurance policies which offer maternity coverage have a waiting period of 9 months (sub-limit not above Rs.50,000)
    Inclusions/Coverage Varies according to the insurance provider but the general expenses which may be covered are as follows:
    • Hospitalization expenses (with a cap)
      • Pre-hospitalization expenses:30 days
      • Post-hospitalization expenses: 60 days (room charges, nursing expenses, anesthetist charges)
    • Delivery expenses
    • Vaccination of the infant (some cases)
    • Ambulance charges
    • Pre and post-natal expenses (depends upon the type of delivery - caesarean and normal)
    • Baby cover (if newborn is diagnosed with congenital disorders)
    • Emergencies (several insurance providers cover emergencies for up to Rs.50,000)
    Premium A health insurance policy with maternity benefit is expensive as it is considered a high risk product owing to almost 100% claim ratio as opposed to other insurance policies. Premium, which is typically higher than basic policies, depends upon various factors as listed below:
    • Type of industry
    • Risk factors
    • Age profile
    • Number of employees (group policies)
    • Company location (group policies)
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    What's the Right Time to Seek?

    Maternity is a life-altering journey for a women in more ways than one. With rising medical inflation and overall expenditure, childbirth-related expenses have become expensive. Lack of proper planning may result in you burning a hole in your pocket which may override the happiness of being blessed with a child. According to experts, you should plan well in advance given that maternity health insurance policies, typically have a long waiting period, which may prove to be tricky for most consumers.

    Given that most insurance companies do not offer maternity health insurance to women who are already pregnant, deeming it as a pre-existing condition, women who wish to take maternity insurance should apply for it before they conceive. It is important to note that most maternity health insurance policies have a waiting period of 3 to 4 years. Maternity health insurance is, therefore, a critical aspect of a planned pregnancy.

    Exclusions of Maternity Health Insurance:

    • Non-allopathic treatment costs
    • Consultation fees
    • Regular check-ups
    • Medicine costs
    • Congenital diseases
    • Termination of pregnancy (under 12 weeks)
    • Pre-existing ailments or injuries diagnosed within 48 months of the policy commencement
    • Expenses related to self-inflicted injuries, drug use or alcohol
    • AIDS treatment-related expenses
    • Dental treatment expenses
    • In-vitro fertilisation and infertility-related expenses

    Maternity Health Insurance Claims Process:

    While the claim process may vary from one insurance provider to another, in most cases, policyholders have to follow the below mentioned procedures

    • Claim intimation (Emergency cases within 24 hours of hospitalisation and planned hospitalisation within 48 hours)
    • Cashless pre-authorisation entails the following:
    • Fill out the pre-authorisation form available at TPA desk or download it from the insurance provider’s website.
      • Upon receiving the pre-authorisation form, the claim management team of the insurance company sends a letter of approval
      • You can then file for your re-imbursement claim
    • Re-imbursement claim process entails the following:
      • You have to fill in and submit the claim form in addition to the documents required to the insurance company
      • Upon receiving the said form, the claim management team of the insurance company sends a letter of approval

    Some of the Maternity Insurance Plans:

    The following are some of the maternity health insurance plans available in India:

    Company Name Plan Name Link to Plan Details
    Max Bupa Heartbeat Family Floater Read more
    Religare Joy Tomorrow Read more
    Apollo Munich Easy Health Young Family Read more
    Royal Sundaram Lifeline elite Read more
    Star Health Wedding Gift Read more
    HDFC ERGO Health Suraksha Gold Read more

    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.

    Maternity Health Insurance Plans Reviews

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    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a health insurance policy with HDFC ERGO from last 2 years, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. A premium of Rs 6000 has to be paid for this insurance and the coverage value is Rs 3-4 lacs.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , vadodara
      Reviewed on Sep 17, 2018
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Average Service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I was using the health insurance policy with the Star Health. I am paying a premium of 35K per year. On one occasion I claimed the policy and they were able to reimburse only 75% of the amount claimed which wasn't satisfactory.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Sep 15, 2018
    • Reliance General Health Insurance
      "Average Service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I've a health insurance policy with the Reliance General Insurance. I am paying a premium of 27000 per year. It is for the entire family. There hasn't been any claim experience so far. I will have to wait and see how they respond to my requests in future if I will have any.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Sep 15, 2018
    • New India Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My health insurance is with New India Assurance from last 1 year, i am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy and the coverage value is Rs 2 lacs for individual.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018
    • Apollo Munich Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a health insurance policy with Apollo Munich from last 7-8 years, i have no claim experience so far with this insurance policy. I pay a premium of Rs 12000 for this insurance policy and the coverage value is Rs 5 lacs for this policy.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • Cigna TTK Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a health insurance policy with CIGNA TTK from last 2 years, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. I pay a premium of Rs 12000 for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance and the coverage value of Rs 4.5 lacs.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • Max Bupa Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a health insurance policy with MAX BUPA from last 6 years, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance and i get no claim bonus every year. The coverage value for this insurance is Rs 15-20 lacs.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have recently taken a health insurance policy with ICICI LOMBARD. I have to pay a premium of Rs 15000 on yearly basis. This policy i got it along with the personal loan taken from Fullerton. They gave a coverage of Rs 3 lacs for this insurance policy.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , rajahmundry
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My health is insured with STAR health from last 1year and it is a good policy to use. It is a family policy where the coverage value is Rs 3 lacs per individual. I do not have claim experience with this insurance and i pay a premium of Rs 15000 for this insurance.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • Religare Health Insurance
      "Best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a health insurance policy with Religare from last 1.5 years, a premium of Rs 14000 has to be paid for this insurance policy and it is a family coverage. My claim experience was very good and they covered 100%. Coverage value is Rs 5 lacs +5 lacs (auto refill) for this insurance.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • Reliance General Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with Reliance general insurance from last 3 months, i pay a premium of Rs 10000 for 2 individuals and each one has the coverage value of Rs 5 lacs. It is a good policy to use and i have not claimed anything so far from this insurance.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • National Insurance Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold an Individual health insurance policy with National insurance from last 4 years, i have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. I pay a premium of Rs 3000 for this insurance policy and the coverage value is Rs 1.5 lacs for this insurance.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with HDFC ERGO from last 1.5 months, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. A premium of Rs 6000 has to be paid for this insurance policy. I have no claim experience with this insurance the coverage value is Rs 5 lacs.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , palanpur
      Reviewed on Sep 12, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
      "Normal Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I've a health insurance policy with the ICICI Lombard. I am paying low premium, there hasn't been any claim experience with the policy so far. Considering the premium I pay it has been a normal experience with the policy so far.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , udaipur
      Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I've a health insurance policy with the ICICI Lombard, I am paying the premium and I do not have any claim experience with the policy so far. I'll have to wait and see how they respond to my claim requests in future. It has been a hassle free experience so far.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Sep 11, 2018
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Start Health Insurance Fraud"
      0.5 0.5/5 "Unacceptable"
      My father purchased Star health insurance for family safety and was paying premium from last 2 years but when time came insurer refused to give claim stating that throughout the hospitalization and all investigation reports are within normal limits. My brother was admitted in family hospital delhi for 24 hours, doctors diagnosed him and billed approx 13500.
      Was this review helpful? 3
      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Sep 08, 2018
    • Chola Ms Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with Cholamandalam health insurance from last 2 years, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. I am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it. It is a family coverage and they cover up to Rs 5 lacs for this insurance.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Sep 08, 2018
    • Apollo Munich Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a health insurance policy with Apollo Munich from last 3 months, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance. I am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it. The coverage value is Rs 10 lacs for accidental policy and Rs 10 lacs for death policy.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , pune
      Reviewed on Sep 08, 2018
    • National Insurance Health Insurance
      "Very Good Service"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had taken this insurance policy almost ten years back and the premium had been paying online. The premium amount has not been higher and it was nominal. Their customer support and their staff responses also had been good as well. They also covers most of the hospitals in our locality.
      Was this review helpful? 0
      , coimbatore
      Reviewed on Sep 07, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have an Individual health insurance policy with ICICI Lombard from last 4 years, i pay a premium of Rs 6500 for this insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far from this insurance policy. The coverage value for this policy is 7 lacs.
      Was this review helpful? 1
      , faridabad
      Reviewed on Sep 06, 2018
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