Old age brings with it deteriorating health, physical challenges and financial limitations. Hence it is essential to have adequate health insurance to take care of medical expenses in the ‘golden years’. Senior citizen health insurance plans offer a much-needed solution to our senior citizens or people aged 60 years or more. A health insurance cover to those over 65 years of age, these plans have come as a boon to a large percentage of India’s seniors.
With advancements in medical sciences, the average life expectancy in India has increased to over 70 years. But the retirement age has remained constant. Hence, as one gets older, there is less and less money available to take care of regular expenses. On top of it, medical costs are rising. So, if one falls ill, the family budget goes for a toss. If one has health insurance, these expenses are taken care of.
Most insurance companies offer regular health insurance plans where parents can be covered. But these plans allow a maximum entry age of 65 years. However, health insurance for seniors allows entry age till almost 80 years. These plans offer special benefits and have exclusive features targeted solely at senior citizens. In India, there is a large population of senior citizens who are either not covered by any health insurance policy or are inadequately covered. Senior citizen health insurance is an answer to all these issues.
Some common exclusions in senior citizen health policy are:
|Health Insurance Company||Coverage||Waiting Period||Sum Insured Range (in Rs)||Entry age range (years)|
|Apollo Munich - Optima Senior||Domiciliary, day care, hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, donor expenses,||30 days for all, 3 years for pre-existing, 2 years for certain ailments||5 Lakh||61 and above|
|Bajaj Allianz - Silver Health||Domiciliary, day care, hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, health check-ups||30 days for all, 1 year for pre-existing and certain other ailments, 4 years for joint replacement||50,000 – 5 Lakh||46 - 70|
|Religare - Care Freedom||Domiciliary, day care, hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, health check-ups, companion benefit, dialysis||30 days for all, 2 years for pre-existing and certain other ailments||3 – 10 Lakh||46 and above|
|Star Health - Senior Citizens Red Carpet||Hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, specific day care,||30 days for all, 1 year for pre-existing, 2 years for certain other ailments, 4 years for joint replacement||1 – 10 Lakh||60 -75|
|Tata AIG - MediSenior||Domiciliary, day care, hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, health check-ups, organ donor||30 days for all, 2 years for certain other ailments, 4 years for pre-existing||2 – 5 Lakh||61 and above|
|New India Assurance - Senior citizen Mediclaim||Domiciliary, day care, hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, AYUSH, health check-ups, organ donor||30 days for all, 1.5/4 years for certain other ailments, 4 years for pre-existing||1 - 1.5 Lakh||60 - 80|
|Oriental Insurance – HOPE||Hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, domiciliary, day care, health check-ups||30 days for all, 2 years for pre-existing and certain other ailments||1 – 5 Lakh||60 and above|
|National insurance - Varishtha Mediclaim||Hospitalisation, pre and post hospitalisation, ambulance, domiciliary, day care, health check-ups, organ donor||30 days for all, 1 year for pre-existing and certain ailments||1 – 2 Lakh||60 - 80|
Premium paid for senior citizen health insurance is eligible for benefits under section 80D of Income Tax, up to a maximum of Rs 30,000 per year. There is also an additional rebate of Rs 5,000 for preventive health check-up each year.
There are many senior citizen plans in the market. So how do you choose the best senior citizen health insurance plan? Here are a few checkpoints to make it easy for you.
Compare all available senior citizen health plans for these criteria before deciding. Or just come to Turtlemint. We make it quick, easy and convenient for you.
Lastly, read the fine print. Make use of the free look period. And clarify all doubts, no matter how small.
In the twilight years of life, it is extremely important to opt for a health insurance plan that will take care of all your medical needs. Turtlemint helps you do this quickly, simply and conveniently.
You can buy senior citizen’s health insurance online or offline. For offline purchases, you can go to a bank or an insurance company’s branch office near you. For online, you can either directly go to the company’s website or go to an insurance aggregator’s website (like Turtlemint), compare the different available products and make the best choice.
Senior Citizen’s Health Insurance policy can be renewed either online and offline. Online is faster and easier.
You need to be above 60 years of age to buy Senior Citizen’s plan.
The maximum age for renewal varies with the insurance companies. It varies between 69-90 for most companies. A few companies have no upper age limit.
You are eligible for a tax exemption of up to Rs 30,000 under section 80D of Income Tax Act. You can also avail additional exemption of Rs 5000 for annual health check-ups.
Insurance companies tie up with hospitals to provide cashless hospitalization to people who have bought policies from them. These hospitals are called network hospitals.
Pre-existing diseases are the chronic diseases that you have before buying a health insurance policy.
As per Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI), people over 60 can purchase a new senior citizen’s health insurance policy. If any company rejects a proposal, it has to give the reason in writing. Renewal proposals also cannot be rejected without a valid reason. Half of the medical investigation costs before buying a policy also has to be paid by the insurance company.
Once you buy a policy, there is a certain period before which you can’t make any claims. This is called the waiting period. However, in case of accidents you can make a claim within the waiting period.
The free-look period is the period immediately after buying a health insurance policy. During this time, you can return the policy and get a refund. Generally, this is around 15 days for most companies.
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