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Given today’s fast paced and often unhealthy life and lifestyles, health insurance has become a necessity. For taking care of expenses arising due to different kinds of medical emergencies, health insurance can be your best friend. However, individuals who are suffering from any pre-existing medical conditions may not always find the insurance coverage they may be seeking.

What is a Pre-Existing Condition?

When it comes to pre-existing medical conditions or diseases, it is important to understand what it means. If an individual suffers from any medical condition or disease before taking a health insurance policy, such a condition is termed as a pre-existing medical disease or condition. This may include any health issue, from extremely serious conditions like cancer or diabetes to slightly less serious conditions like high-blood pressure, asthma or acne.

Health insurance companies are seldom willing to provide coverage to individuals who are suffering from any pre-existing medical condition. This is due to that fact that such individuals would be in greater need of medical assistance and therefore, pose a higher financial risk to the insurance company. For this reason, health insurance providers will be hesitant in providing a policy to individuals who are suffering from a pre-existing medical condition. It’s not easy for such individuals to find adequate insurance coverage. Often, their insurance policies could be cancelled, the insurer may refuse to cover the medical bills or at worst, insurers may altogether refuse to provide a health insurance policy altogether.

Things you should know:

Considering the above, here are some points to keep in mind when one shops for health insurance policies:

  • Policies Differ from Insurer To Insurer:

    The terms and conditions pertaining to coverage of pre-existing medical conditions differ from policy to policy. Though it may be difficult to get a policy which provides cover for pre-existing ailments, there are some exceptions as well. There are some insurance providers who, while determining an applicant’s pre-existing medical condition, will consider their medical history in entirety. Some other providers may only consider at the applicant’s medical history for a period dating back to the past 4 years.

  • Every Doctor’s Visit is Not Counted:

    If you have been making frequent trips to your doctor for minor ailments like cold, cough, fever, etc. during winters, you needn’t worry. Every trip to the doctor will not count as a red flag when you’re applying for health insurance. Insurers only consider medical conditions and ailments which have had a long term effect on a person’s health. Other minor ailments and their side effects, like the ones mentioned before, do not determine a person’s health.

  • Never Hide a Pre-Existing Medical Condition:

    It is very unwise to keep information like a pre-existing medical condition which you may have, at the time of taking a health insurance policy. If such information is hidden from the insurer, it could very well lead them to reject your insurance claim, if it concerns such a condition.

  • You Can Get Coverage for Pre-Existing Medical Conditions:

    A majority of individuals are under the incorrect impression that insurance providers do not provide cover against pre-existing medical conditions. However, that is no longer true. Nowadays, for health insurance policies, insurance providers include a waiting period or exclusion for pre-existing medical conditions. For this duration, the insurance provider will not cover the costs of treatments, medicines and fees for doctor’s visits made by the individual pertaining to his/her pre-existing medical condition. All these aforementioned costs will only be covered once the waiting period is over. However, the policy will continue to provide cover for expenses which may be incurred on account of other illnesses, which are covered under the policy.

  • Waiting Periods can be Reduced:

    Waiting periods for health insurance policies differ from one insurance provider to the other. While some insurance providers may have a waiting period of 2 years, some others may require one stretching to 4 years. If you wish to shift to another insurance provider, it is advised to do so only after you have completed your waiting period with your current provider. The reason behind this is, in spite of you having completed 2 out of 4 years of your waiting period, the completed years will not be counted when you switch and you will be required to start all over again. However, nowadays, certain providers are offering policies which allow the policy holder to cut down on their waiting period in lieu of some extra premium payment.

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Pre-Existing Conditions in Health Insurance Reviews

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  • United India Health Insurance
    "Good Claim Experience"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I got group insurance from company, on time I got policy. My father was not good at the time I have used the policy. I got the reimbursement around Rs. 23,000 the total value is Rs. 33,000. I went to shobha hospital they don't have tie up with United India, hence I got the reimbursement.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • Max Bupa Health Insurance
    "Good Claim Experience"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    I have medical cover with Max bupa, they gave me the coverage value of Rs. 5 lakhs its covers for entire family. One time I claimed for my mother for the eye surgery, I got the reimbursed within 30 days with 90% of amount, the total experience was good.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , hyderabad
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • New India Health Insurance
    "Yet to experience the policy"
    0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
    My company has provided me a health insurance policy from new India. As per company norms, they have given me a coverage value of Rs. 5 lakhs. My entire family has been covered in this policy. They are offering a cashless treatment facility.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , bangalore
    Reviewed on Jan 18, 2019
  • 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.
    Was this review helpful? 0
    , 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? 1
    , 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
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