Important Things to Consider Before Choosing Health Insurance Plans
PNB MetLife 08-07-2020 05:24:50 PM
We all want to protect our family’s health at all costs and ensure their well-being. This goal can be largely achieved through family health insurance plans. You can either buy health insurance for every individual or get a family floater plan that covers all under one umbrella policy. But when you are selecting the best medical insurance for you and your family, it is advisable that you invest sufficient time into it. The process of research may be a tedious one, and what further complicates it, are the various unfamiliar terminologies attached to it. Read More
There are a few important things you should keep in mind to ensure that you choose the best medical insurance for you and your loved ones.
- Claim Process
We all want our claims to be settled in a seamless, hassle-free manner. The faster the claim is settled, the better it is for the insured. Therefore, the claim settlement time, along with the claim settlement ratio, are the most important parameters to keep in check when you buy health insurance. Claim settlement ratio refers to the numbers of claims settled by the insurance company against the number of claims filed. The higher the claims settled, the better for the insured, as the probability of your claim getting settled would be on the higher end.
- Right Sum Assured
A higher coverage or sum assured offers you greater benefits, but the premium payable against this is on the higher end too. Therefore, it is advised that you opt for a health insurance plan which meets your needs and requirements in terms of coverage as well as budget. Remember that the premium increases with age, and so does one’s need for a higher sum assured.
- Network of Hospitals
Each insurance company has a network of hospitals where their health insurance can be used. You should always check the cashless options in the network of hospitals. Many of these hospitals, during the time of an emergency, offer cashless options where the insurance company directly settles the bill with the hospital. Opt for an insurance company that has a wide network of hospitals affiliated with it when you buy health insurance.
- Daycare Procedures
With the rising number of daycare procedures offered by the healthcare sector, insurers are increasingly covering varied such procedures in their health plans. Opt for a plan that covers maximum daycare procedures.
- Maternity Benefits
Along with the skyrocketing healthcare expenses, maternity and pregnancy costs are also on the rise. It is imperative for women to buy health insurance that offers maternity benefits. Closely consider the exclusions, sub-limit, outpatient expenses pertaining to maternity and the waiting period for claiming such maternity expenses.
- Pre/ Post Hospitalisation
Several medical expenses have pre-hospitalisation expenses, such as doctor consultations, purchase of medicines, undergoing tests, etc.; and post hospitalisation costs like following up with the doctor, medication and several others. You need to select the best medical insurance plan for you that covers both pre and post hospitalisation charges.
- Free Medical Checkup
There are various family health insurance plans that entitle the policyholder to a free medical check-up. Keep in mind that the result of this free check-up has no bearing on the premium when your policy comes up for renewal.
- Lifetime Renewal
It is to be noted that you can renew your family health insurance for a lifetime. There is no stipulated age limit for such plans, which can be an extremely critical factor in case you wish to add your parents to the coverage. The best medical insurance policy is the one that offers lifetime renewability.
- No Claim Bonus
Many insurance companies offer this incentive to their policyholders if they do not lodge any claim for settlement in the entire policy term. In such an event, the insurance company either decreases your premium payable, increases your sum assured or both.
Choosing the best medical insurance for you and your loved ones through the numerous ones available in the market today has become a daunting task. However, keeping in mind the above pointers while shortlisting the health insurance plan for you will go a long way in letting you make the right decision.
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