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    • 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

    • Max Group promoter plans to sell stake in Max Financial Services to repay loan

      Analjit Singh, Founder of Max Group, might sell a part of his holdings in the firm's financial business called Max Financial Services. Singh plans to sell a minority stake and retain the majority of the company. He may also sell some other realty projects to pay back loans that were raised through pledging shares of promoters in two listed companies.

      The promoters of Max Group have decided to retain the assets of the life insurance business. They had planned to sell or merge with HDFC Standard Life Insurance, a few years ago but in July 2017, Max withdrew from the deal.

      Singh was planning to refinance the debt of $500 million to $600 million approximately in August last year. In February, Max India sold their entire 51 per cent stake in Max Bupa Health Insurance Company to private equity form True North Fund VI LLP for over Rs.510 crore.

      14 March 2019

    • NCI launches free cancer screening for women

      National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a new initiative called 'Ayushmati' for women patients on the occasion of International Women's Day. Under the scheme, women, irrespective of their backgrounds, will be screened for various forms of cancer free of cost. The scheme has been made so that the said forms of cancers can be diagnosed at an early stage.

      NCI has collaborated with many NGOs and self-help groups to bring in women for the cancer screenings. Under the scheme, NCI will conduct cancer screenings every Saturday, all throughout the year. Pap smear, biopsy, breast examination, etc., are some of the diagnostic tests that will be conducted free of cost. The treatments will also be provided at subsidized prices.

      The scheme was launched on Women's Day by Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. Maj. Gen. Vubha Datta(retd.), Director of AIIMS Nagpur, CEO of hospital Shailesh Joglekar, and Col. (retd.) Anil Sharma, Director of administration were also present at the event.

      13 March 2019

    • Assessment of the First Phase of the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana

      When the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana or Ayushman Bharat was first launched, it carried on its shoulders tremendous pressure to thrive as a comprehensive health insurance scheme. After the completion of the first phase of the project, it can easily be said that this scheme is a game-changer. From a sectoral, segmented, and fragmented system of service delivery to bringing in a more comprehensive approach of providing secondary and tertiary healthcare, Ayushman Bharat indeed has turned all stones in the healthcare sector.

      Within a short span of time, Ayushman Bharat has gained hundreds and thousands of beneficiaries and its coverage has increased by over 300%, much higher than RSBY was able to accomplish. It has been able to provide coverage and financial protection to nearly 50 crore beneficiaries. Moreover, the scheme offers a cover of Rs.5 lakh per family, which is a huge game-changer in the times of increasing medical costs.

      Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana is expected to change the entire mechanism of the healthcare sector while simultaneously defining the new parameters of cost-effective, technology-enabled, and patient centric delivery of healthcare services. The scheme has an efficient monitory mechanism in place which helps them gain the trust of their service providers and ensure that each beneficiary receives the right kind of treatment.

      12 March 2019

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