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    In a regulatory move, to make all ends meet IRDAI (Insurance Regulatory Development Authority of India), now allows the health insurance providing companies in India to accept monthly premiums for their health insurance policy. Earlier people had to pay a one-time premium unless the policy was to be renewed. This led many, including the IRDAI to believe that perhaps it was necessary that monthly installments was necessary to be introduced in the system.

    Why Has the Provision been Introduced?

    As per the Annual Report released by IRDAI for FY-2014-15 the general insurance industry has witnessed the issuance of approximately 1,09,00,000 health insurance policies. These policies are supposed to cover 28.80 crore people as policyholders. The data further showed that there is a major number of people who are covered by government schemes as well as group insurance policies, while the individual health insurance business has fallen marginally.

    The main idea behind this regulatory move is as simple as it seems: making health insurance a more affordable product so that people who were unable to pay lump sums earlier may now be able to afford medical insurance. The other options also include payment of premiums on monthly, quarterly or half yearly as well as the currently in practice annual basis of instalments. Insurance policies which have higher amounts of sum assured earlier had multiple annual premiums to be paid for coverage. But is this move a great move or just not quite what it seems?

    Pros of Being Able to Pay Monthly Installments for Health Insurance Policy:

    We often come with the precarious idea that every move made by the IRDAI has got to benefit ordinary masses. It sure is intended to, which is why it generally works out. Here are some of the reasons why this new idea could actually help the health insurance sector grow and benefit the product consumer base at the same time:

    • More accessibility of the product in small towns and rural areas of the country is something that people can expect from this move because the investment for health will get a lot cheaper this way. As it based on the reports by NSSO (National Sample Survey Office) rural population in India whose health has been insured is only 14.1%.
    • It is not any better in the urban areas since NSSO’s numbers for the statistics for urban regions in India is a mere 18%. This means that there is still a huge opportunity for the health insurance industry to grow in the cities as well.
    • With the advent of internet, making payments online has also become easier with higher penetration of the medium in made remote places. This was not the case even a decade back. Internet has evolved to a state today where it is no longer a luxury or want but a poor necessity and hence paying premium installments will not be a cumbersome job for people anymore.
    • With premium installments, people can now opt for different policies or change it in the future, when they are able to afford higher sum assured.
    • In fact, people who have policies currently that barely cover their health expenses will now be able to afford higher coverage, since they will have a higher buying power with lower premiums having to being paid.
    • If the health insurance industry experiences a boon through this move, then it will automatically offer more competitive products. This will improve everything the industry, starting with the basic customer service and an enhanced claim process.

    What Could Go Wrong When Paying Monthly Installments for Health Insurance Policy?

    Though this list is smaller and may not be too important to some, is still essential to be aware of, especially for people to know what they are getting into:

    • Not only for health insurance, but if you come to think of any other product, even if it is buying a cell phone with EMI, installments always make the actual cost of the product much higher. The policyholder in such cases ends up paying approximately 3 to 5 percent more which is a big amount if you consider the sum assured. The quarterly premium rates will be around 3% higher while the monthly premiums will make the product 5% more expensive.
    • Also people will have to opt for an insurance which is at least requires 2 to 3 years of policy term.
    • To add more oil to the fire, people cannot claim the insurance money before at least a year of premiums have been paid. This was not the case with annual premiums being paid earlier.

    However, all parties in question are positive about this move because of the major affordability factor and maybe this general insurance will actually be more accessible to lower income groups now.

    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.

    Payment of Health Insurance Premium in Installments Reviews

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    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I hold a health insurance with Star health from last 2 years, i pay an insurance premium of Rs 11000 every year. I get a good coverage value of Rs 5 lakhs for this health insurance policy. I have not claimed anything so far with this insurance policy.
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      , bangalore
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    • Religare Health Insurance
      "Best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have my health insured with Religare health 4 months back, i am happy with the coverage value of this insurance policy. A premium of Rs 8000 has to be paid every year for this health insurance. I do not have claim experience so far with this insurance and they cover Rs 5 lakhs for this insurance.
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      , ahmedabad
      Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018
    • Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance
      "Good policy to use"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I am having the BAJAJ ALLIANZ health insurance policy around a year ago. The customer support service is good with the BAJAJ ALLIANZ GENERAL INSURANCE company. I need to pay the premium amount of Rs,13,000 every year once. This policy covers 3 members in my family. This policy has the medical coverage of Rs,3,00,000 which can be used be all three members.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on Apr 19, 2018
    • United India Health Insurance
      "Average Policy"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have a health insurance policy with United India Insurance from last 5-6 years, my claim experience was not up to the mark as they covered only 40% of the billed amount. I have a coverage value of Rs 3 lakhs and i pay a premium of Rs 3200 for this insurance.
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      , surat
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    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "best policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
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      , bangalore
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    • New India Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have no claim experience so far with the health insurance, i am using this insurance from last 1-2 years and i am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it. The coverage value of this insurance policy is 3-4 lakhs and i am satisfied with it.
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      , chennai
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    • Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance
      "Good health insurance policy"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have got the health insurance policy from the bajaj and this policy covers only one member which is myself actually it is a self policy . I pay the premium amount in every month on month . I pay Rs,15000 to this policy. This policy has the medical coverage up to 5lakhs and I am satisfied with it.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 18, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a health insurance policy with HDFC ERGO from last 1month, i have not claimed anything so far with this insurance. The coverage value of this insurance policy is 3 lakhs and i am satisfied with it. I pay a insurance premium of Rs 11000 every year.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with Star health from last 3 years, i am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays for the health insurance. I am happy with the coverage value of Rs 2 lakhs for this health insurance. I do not have claim experience so far with this insurance.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018
    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had taken a health insurance policy from the HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE. My annual premium is very reasonable by comparing with other premiums. I had a positive claim experience. The claim procedure is very easy and simple. The costumer support is good and well responsive.
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      , mumbai
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018
    • New India Health Insurance
      "good experience"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I had taken a health insurance policy from the NEW INDIA ASSURANCE. I had received health card. My annual premium is Rs. 12,000/- which is very reasonable by comparing with other insurance polices. They had a good network with top most corporate hospitals.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018
    • Oriental Insurance Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with Oriental health from last 3-4 years, the coverage value of this insurance policy is 3-4 lakhs. I have not claimed anything so far with this insurance company. I am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on Apr 17, 2018
    • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
      "Best policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have a health insurance policy with ICICI lombard from last 2 years and it is one of the best insurance policy to use. They gave a coverage value of Rs 3 lakhs for this insurance. My claim experience was good and they covered 100% of the billed amount. I pay an insurance premium of Rs 16000-17000 every year.
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      , jabalpur
      Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018
    • Max Bupa Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with MAX BUPA insurance from last 1.5 years, I have a very good coverage value of Rs 4 lakhs for this health insurance. I am not aware of the premium amount as my company pays it. I have not taken any cashless treatment and there is no claim experience so far.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018
    • Tata AIG Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with TATA AIA insurance from last 1 month, the premium amount of this insurance is Rs 33000 which has to be paid every year. I do not have claim experience so far with this insurance and i have a coverage of Rs 60 lakhs for this insurance.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018
    • National Insurance Health Insurance
      "Good service"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have got the health insurance policy from the NATIONAL INSURANCE company around 8 months ago and this policy has been offered by company. This policy covers 3 members in my family which is myself , and my parents. This policy has the medical coverage up to Rs,20,00,000 and I paying the premium amount of Rs,320 every month.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 16, 2018
    • United India Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have my health insured with United India Insurance from last 1 year and it is a good insurance policy to use. I have not claimed anything so far with this insurance policy. I am not aware of the premium as the company pays it. The coverage value of Rs 3-4 lakhs is sufficient for me.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 14, 2018
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have a company provided health insurance with Star health from last 3 months, i am happy with the coverage value of Rs 2-3 lakhs for this health insurance policy. I have no claim experience so far with this insurance and the premium of this insurance is paid by the company.
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      , bangalore
      Reviewed on Apr 14, 2018
    • Tata AIG Health Insurance
      "Good health insurance policy"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have got the health insurance policy from TATA AIG around a year ago. The customer support is good with the TATA AIG and they give good responses to the customs. This policy covers 3members in my family and I pay the premium amount of Rs,11,000 ti renew the policy every year.
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      , kolkata
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    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have a health insurance policy with HDFC ERGO from last 4.5 years, i have no claim experience so far with this insurance and i have the coverage value of Rs 4 lakhs for this insurance. I have to pay a premium of Rs 10000 for this insurance policy.
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      , gurgaon
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