4 ways to reduce health insurance premiums

Anju told Manisha that her parents fall sick frequently due to their old age. Consequently, she is struggle to manage her finances, as relatives have not shown any keenness to help her.

Dec 06, 2015 12:12 IST India Infoline News Service

Anju told Manisha that her parents fall sick frequently due to their old age. Consequently, she is struggle to manage her finances, as relatives have not shown any keenness to help her. In her reply, Manisha said that instead of relying on relatives and friends, getting a health insurance policy that best fits her needs was the best option for Anju. Today, Anju's financial situation has improved and she has been able save some money for buying her own home. Health insurance is a must for everyone to protect you and your family from paying huge amounts for treatment. With the increasing cost of healthcare facilities, the cost of a mediclaim policy is also on the rise. In fact, some people do not buy the policy because of its high premium rates. But, it is a serious mistake as the cost incurred to treat a critical illness is far more than health insurance premiums.

So, educate yourself about health insurance and save on costs.

Given below are some ways to reduce health insurance premiums:

Buy health insurance at a young age

Customers should know that the mediclaim premium is based on the age of the insurer. With the increasing age, health risk also increases and so do the health insurance premiums.

Purchasing healthcare plans early has huge benefits to offer from the insurer's perspective.

Avail no claim bonuses

If a policyholder does not make a claim during a policy year, then the insured is entitled to avail a no-claim bonus. Before buying a policy, do not forget to check if your health insurance gives a no-claim bonus. You can also use this bonus to increase the coverage without paying any additional cost.

Opt for co-payments plans

When the insured opts for a co-payment plan, he agrees to pay a certain percentage of the health insurance claim. In general, the range of co-pay is between 10-25%. Mediclaim premium will decrease if you opt for a co-payment option. If you are healthy and young, then the co-payment option could best fits your needs.

Use topups to increase coverage

If your existing mediclaim coverage does not fulfill your needs, then purchase a top-up plan that best fits your needs. Such a plan gets activated when you have exhausted your basic coverage. It not only cuts premium amount, but also ensures that you have sufficient health insurance coverage.

Buying health insurance helps you meet your family’s critical healthcare needs. As it is a complex financial product, understand policy features, terms and conditions before finalizing a plan helps save a good amount on premium.

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