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    • Super Mediclaim Launched by Religare Health Insurance

      One of the biggest and best health insurance companies in India, Religare Health Insurance, has unveiled its state-of-the-art hospitalisation insurance products called the Super Mediclaim. This product includes a comprehensive range of health insurance schemes for surgeries and critical illnesses. 32 defined critical illnesses will be covered under the scheme, including cancer treatment, surgeries and heart disease treatment. Super Mediclaim is said to be cost effective because it provides a variety of other benefits such as preventive health check up, cost of treatment and care, cover against relapse of the disease, OPD expenses, recuperation expenses, and psychiatric counselling. The product will be available in 4 variants – Heart Mediclaim, which provides insurance cover against 17 critical heart conditions such as bypass surgeries, heart attack, angioplasty, etc.; Cancer Mediclaim that provides cover against all kinds of cancer; Operation Mediclaim that provides cover against all kinds of surgeries; and Critical Mediclaim which offers cover against 32 critical illnesses.

      30 March 2019

    • Future Health Suraksha’s second phase launched by Future Generali India Insurance

      The general insurance wing of Generali – the global insurer and Future Group – the retail mammoth, Future Generali India Insurance Company Limited, has released the second version of Future Health Suraksha – a product that will come with a number of new features to offer greater benefits to customers. Future Generali India Insurance’s Principal Officer and Key Managerial Personnel, Dr. Shreeraj Deshpande, said that one of the company’s flagship health products is the Future Health Suraksha, before going on to say that it now has added benefits to cater to the increasing customer demand to counter rising healthcare costs. He also said that customers now have access to several new features such as easy premium payment in addition to a number of other discounts under the long-term and family segments with Future Health Suraksha. The policy’s entry age is three months to 70 years, and the renewal can be done at any time during the life of the insured. A long term policy can also be chosen with a tenure of up to three years, and the sum insured can range from Rs.50,000 to Rs.10 lakh.

      29 March 2019

    • Dr. Dhanya Dharmapalan Becomes Youngest Editor of Paediatric Books

      A Paediatrics and Infectious Disease Consultant, Dr. Dhanya Dharmapalan, has set a record by becoming the youngest editor of paediatric books. Dharmapalan edited the 1st Edition of ‘IAP Colour Atlas of Paediatrics’. She has edited 13 paediatric books so far in her career, and the felicitation ceremony was held in Navi Mumbai, at Apollo Hospitals by the India Book of Records, which is affiliated to the Asia Book of Records. Dr. Dharmapalan is 32 years old and works as a consulting paediatrician and infectious disease specialist at Apollo Hospitals in Navi Mumbai. She is set to feature in the 2020 edition of the India Book of Records for her achievement. The CEO of Apollo Hospitals, Dr. Narendra Trivedi, said that the endeavour of those at Apollo Hospitals has been to nurture and support talent and ensure their growth, adding that everyone at the hospital is privileged and proud to have Dr. Dharmapalan in their midst. He also said that he hopes to have such accolades and achievements in the future before congratulating Dr. Dharmapalan on her achievement.

      28 March 2019

    • Ayushman Bharat Beneficiaries Will Be Able to Access Consultation for Cancer Care

      The National Health Authority is in talks of partnering with the National Cancer Grid in order to improve accessibility for beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY). Beneficiaries to the health insurance scheme will soon be able to consult with oncologists across the country without having to travel long distances.

      The National Cancer Grid deals with complex cancer cases through a digital network linking hospitals can help beneficiaries of the Ayushman Bharat scheme avail the best possible treatment for their illness. In addition to providing beneficiaries with accessibility to cancer treatment, the move will also help with creating a standard protocol for the treatment of cancer.

      At present, there are 1,574 hospitals providing cancer treatment that is empanelled under the scheme. Of these empanelled hospitals, only 438 offer multi-modal treatment facilities.

      27 March 2019

    • New Insurance Aggregator Platform Introduced With Over 200 Products

      InsureMile, a startup insurance tech aggregator platform that offers more than 200 products in partnership with 24 insurance providers, went live on 16 March 2019. The partners of the company include HDFC Ergo, Bajaj Allianz, Bharati Axa, Reliance General, Iffco General, TATA AIG, Sompo Universal, Liberty Alliance, Star Health, Future Generali, Religare Health, Aditya Birla, etc.

      The founders of the company, Vijay Krishnamurthy and Mallesh Reddy, have recently stated that the platform is looking to sell a minimum of 1 million policies over the next 5 years with a cumulative premium of Rs.800 crore. InsureMile is also hoping to establish itself as a market differentiator which focuses on the privacy of its customers. On this platform, individuals will be able to compare various products and receive quotes from insurers without having to provide their personal details such as mobile number, email address, etc. In addition, the company has announced that it will do free servicing of policies for customers of its insurance partners. As per the statement of Krishnamurthy, the company is looking to the tap the massive underinsured market in the country with 75% of the citizens not insured under any form of life insurance. He further claims that the penetration of medical, motor, and other forms of insurance varying between 10% and 20% of the market.

      26 March 2019

    • Over 1,700 Cyclists Participate in the Aditya Birla Health Insurance Ride to Mpower

      The fourth edition of the Aditya Birla Health Insurance Ride to Mpower saw over 1,700 people participate in the bicycle ride to raise awareness about mental illness. The primary goal of this edition of Ride to Mpower was to end the stigma associate with mental illness. The huge turnout marks one of the most successful awareness initiative organised by the insurance providers.

      The event, that took place in the streets of Mumbai, was flagged off by cyclist Neerja Birla, RTM Director Firoza Suresh, and CEO of Aditya Birla Health Insurance, Mayank Bathwal. The event saw participation from individuals across various demographics and has rides that covered 27 kms, 15kms, and 7kms.

      25 March 2019

    • Safecrop Holdings in the Final Stages of Acquiring Star Health

      Following the approval from the Competition Commission in India (CCI) in October 2018, Safecrop Holdings Pvt. Ltd is in the final stages of its acquisition of Star Health and Allied Insurance Company Ltd. According to officials, the sale will be finalised in the first quarter of the coming financial year.

      The syndicate of buyers includes WestBridge AIF, and Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and Madison Capital, who have already signed agreements of the purchase with the stakeholders of Star Health. Chief Operating Officer for Star Health, Dr S Prakash, stated that the business is likely to do even better with the new consortium.

      Star Health claims to be at the top position in the retail market and hold 24% of the share in the health insurance sector. Prakash also stated that the company now plans to focus on its customer services.

      22 March 2019

    • Aditya Birla Health Insurance Foresees 100% Growth in FY 2018-19

      As per the statements of the Chief Executive Officer at Aditya Birla Health Insurance (ABHI) Co. Ltd., Mayank Bathwal, the company is currently expecting to achieve a growth of 100% during the current financial year as opposed to the industry growth of about 25% on a year-on-year basis. Bathwal recently addressed the media regarding the growth of the company and its health insurance plan named ‘Active Health’. During the event, he claimed that the registered income of the company from premiums received till the third quarter of the current fiscal year ending 18 December 2018 stood at Rs.318 crore. This amount was double the income generated from premiums received during the same period of the previous year. Looking at the current growth trajectory, Aditya Birla Health Insurance is hopeful that it will be able to generate double the income by the end of the financial year 2018-19 compared to the previous fiscal year.

      Bathwal also stated that even though the joint venture between MMI Holdings and Aditya Birla Group is witnessing a robust growth, the company is still in business deficit. However, he further added that the insurer is likely to achieve the break-even point in the next 3 years by earning an Annual Gross Written Premium between Rs.1,700 crore and Rs.2,000 crore.

      21 March 2019

    • Aditya Birla Health Insurance Targets to Achieve Break-Even by FY 2022-23

      As per the statement of senior executive of Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co. Ltd. (ABHI), the standalone health insurance provider is looking to reach the break-even point by the end of the financial year 2022-23. According to the Chief Executive Officer of ABHI, Mayank Bathwal, the process generally takes close to 6-7 years for a standalone health insurer to achieve break-even. He further stated that the progress of the insurer so far can be used to predict that it will break-even in FY 2022-23. Starting its operation in October 2016, Aditya Birla Health Insurance is a 51:49 joint venture of Aditya Birla Group and MMI Holdings - a diversified financial services company based in South Africa. Bathwal has also mentioned that Aditya Birla Health Insurance wants to position itself as a health influencer and health partner instead of a pure play health financing company.

      During the 9-month period ending on 31 December 2018, ABHI has recorded to have received a gross written premium (GWP) worth Rs.316 crore. Hence, the GWP recorded has increased by 83% as opposed to Rs.172 crore that was registered over the same period during the previous year.

      16 March 2019

    • India Inc Provides Medical Coverage to LGBTQ Partners

      Multiple corporates and other companies in India have started to provide medical insurance to people who have same sex partners including for gender reassignment medical procedures. However, multiple organisations still do not offer comprehensive health covers to live in partners or same sex partners, even though there is no such law in place for this.

      Some of the multinational organisations and companies offering health insurance policies to their customers are IBM, conglomerate Godrej Group, hotel chain La-Lit, consultancy Accenture, IT services providers Cognizant and Tech Mahindra. Insurance companies such as Aditya Birla Sun Life Insurance and State Bank of India Life Insurance have both recently stated that they have started offering customised health insurance policies to members of the LGBTQ community. However, there is still some hesitance from the LGBTQ members as purchasing a health insurance policy entails revealing one’s sexual identity and orientation. This is the reason why most members from the LGBTQ community are essentially scared of revealing their own or their partners’ sexual orientation.

      There remains to be a certain section in the Indian society that comprises health insurance companies that do not offer comprehensive health insurance policies to live in partners or partners belonging from the LGBTQ community. There is an increase in the number of insurers offering health plans to this community and ever since the legalisation of homosexuality in India, more and more insurance companies are treading towards this direction.

      15 March 2019

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    Customer Reviews

    • Oriental Insurance Health Insurance
      "GOOD"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I had no claim experience with the health insurance policy taken with the ORIENTAL INSURNACE, the medical coverage for family, medical coverage is good. Premium was nominal with this policy. The premium was higher for senior citizen.
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      , kolkata
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have purchased a health insurance with Star Health through online. The premium is reasonable. I have no claims and the medical coverage is 5L for family, this policy includes 4 members. They have limited network of hospitals for cashless.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
    • review Health Insurance
      "Excellent "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have medi claim policy from company. One very good feature is my company has renewed the policy with Aditya Birla. They are giving free annual checkup every year. My colleague have contacted the customer service and they have very good experience but not me. Medical coverage is very good and competitive, they covers more hospitals for cashless.
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      , silvassa
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Excellent "
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The customer service is very good. I have been paying the policy for last 5 years, I have chosen Star health because few policies which covers for parents at the age of 60. They are flexible on the hospitals and hospital room rent, the capping limit is very liberal and the medical coverage is good. It includes 5members and premium is reasonable but it could have been better but the benefit wise is decent. I have policy of 20L and no claim on the year then 10L is topped for next year.
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      , silvassa
      Reviewed on May 19, 2019
    • Universal Sompo Health Insurance
      "Good Policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      My health insurancer policy was tyaken from Universal sompo. Lower premium amount, service provided by them because of all these things i have selected this company. I have been paying the premium amount of Rs. 3000 per annum . I have taken this policy for me and my wife with the coverage value of Rs. 2 lakhs. Most of the hospitals got covered in this policy.
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      , indore
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
    • Tata AIG Health Insurance
      "Good Service"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have taken TATA AIG Health Insurance policy which was referred by Axis bank .There was cashless facility available so far .This policy tenure is for 1year and each year need to renew the policy.I have got all the details of the policy through the agent ,Premium is paid through Auto Debit mode.This Helath insurance will be very useful and helpful .
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "EXCELLENT"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      I have been holding the health insurance policy with the HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE it is the corporate insurance policy where using from last few years. I had claim where the claim experience was cashless also the medical coverage for family.
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      , noida
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
    • Star Health Health Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 3.0/5 "Satisfactory"
      I have purchased the health insurance policy with the STAR HEALTH & ALLIED INSURANCE where the medical coverage with this policy of sufficient amount for 7 years. The premium paid was nominal and I had no claim experience with this policy. It covers my family members.
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      , gurgaon
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
    • Reliance General Health Insurance
      "NEED TO IMPROVE THE SERVICE"
      0.5 2.5/5 "Just OK"
      I am using the corporate health insurance policy with the RELIANCE GENERAL INSURANCE and using it from last more than 4 years the policy has the coverage for family also i had claim once with this policy. It gives the 1L coverage for family but i had claim and i got only 30-40%.
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      , chennai
      Reviewed on May 18, 2019
    • HDFC Ergo Health Insurance
      "Good"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I have purchased the health insurance policy with the HDFC ERGO GENERAL INSURANCE and not yet claim experience have done. The customer support is good and the medical coverage is for myself.They have tied up with many hospitals and also it has the good coverage.
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      , new delhi
      Reviewed on May 17, 2019
    • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
      "Recommendable health policy"
      0.5 4.0/5 "Great!"
      I purchased health policy from ICICI lombard it covers my whole family. They gave me the medical cover of Rs. 10 lakhs, I paid the amount of Rs.20,000 per annum. Based on friend suggestion I availed it. They said within 15 days I get the medical card but I got after 1.5 months. Remaining all fine, they got tie up with 8600 hospitals.
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      , hyderabad
      Reviewed on May 17, 2019
    • ICICI Lombard Health Insurance
      "GOOD"
      0.5 5.0/5 "Blown Away!"
      The health insurance has been taken with the ICICI LOMBARD GENERAL INSURANCE where the and i had a claim for couple of times but it is a cashless where the customer support is good by helping to get the claim. The policy coverage is for family also there is a health checkup available with this policy.
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      , pune
      Reviewed on May 17, 2019
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