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The systematic way to plan things is to first thoroughly know about the subject, research, and then finalize. Now, try applying this logic to buying health insurance. It is always better to know what your plan is and what it has to offer rather than buy the first plan that pops on the screen.
If you don’t know what exactly your health insurance has to offer, it may be of little use to you. It is easy to make mistakes while buying health insurance. One of the most common mistakes people make is assuming that mediclaim and health insurance is one and the same. But both mediclaim and health insurance plans have their own features. Before discussing the difference between health insurance and Mediclaim, let’s look at what mediclaim and health insurance are.
Mediclaim is a health policy that gives you specified financial protection at the time of a medical emergency. It is a cost-effective plan in case of a health emergency. It provides financial aid in the following cases-
Health insurance is a complete insurance cover that gives you coverage for medical and surgical expenses in case of emergencies. If you have health insurance, you can pay for the expenses out-of-pocket for which you are later reimbursed by your insurance company. The insurance company settles the bill directly with the hospital in case of cashless claims.
Both medical and health insurance might sound similar but have many different features. Let’s have a look at some of the differences between these two insurance policies.
A Mediclaim offers coverage only for hospitalization and other expenses related to accidents and pre-specified diseases.
Health insurance offers a comprehensive cover that not only covers hospitalization expenses but also additional expenses such as annual health checkups, daily hospital cash, OPD expenses, and alternative treatments among others.
There isn’t any provision to inculcate add-on covers with Mediclaim.
Health insurance offers numerous add-ons covers such as Critical Illness Cover, Maternity Benefit and Infertility Cover, etc.
The sum assured or hospitalization cover provided in mediclaim is limited to Rs 5 lakh.
The sum assured in the case of health insurance doesn’t exceed 6 crore rupees.
Flexibility of plans
Terms of mediclaim policy are rigid and cannot be customized.
Health Insurance plans are flexible and can be customized to your preference.
In a mediclaim policy, you can keep filing claims until the sum insured is exhausted
In case of claims related to critical illness accidental disability coverage, the assured sum is paid in a lump sum. Hence such claims can only be made only once during the policy tenure.
Other insurance claims can be filed as long as the sum insured isn’t exhausted.
Availing the benefits
To avail of the mediclaim benefits, the insurer must get hospitalized.
In the case of claiming health insurance benefits, hospitalization is not necessary. Benefits like daycare procedure cover can also be availed by the insured without getting hospitalized.
Now that we know the benefits and differences between health insurance and mediclaim it should be easier for you to make the choice. If you’re still confused here are some factors that you should consider before buying any of the two health policies.
Mediclaim and health insurance are both ways of mitigating health-related risks. Before you decide to buy any of the insurance plans, analyze your insurance expectations and compare various insurance policies available in the market. The best insurance plan is the one that fulfils your needs. Use the information to your advantage and choose the plan that suits you better.