We acknowledge with thanks for the inputs provided by Sri Venkatabhattachar , retired officer from Indian Overseas Bank
In our article on " Retired bankers and Health Insurance " , we had taken up the issue of health insurance for bankers who were under a group insurance . The insurer now has proposed hike of insurance premium by more than 100 % and it has caused heartburn for the retirees . Many are unable to pay the enhanced premium as it may take away the pension they receive for few months . In this connection we had discussed the options available to retired bankers if the insurer insists for the hike . Apart from going in search for a new insurer , other avenues available are to agree for some enhancement , reduce the insurance amount or put limits on services availed at hospital . We had attached a survey form to the article seeking their preferences on the solution suggested .
BLOG ARTICLE ON
RETIRED BANKERS AND HEALTH INSURANCE
The article is about a recent development in which insurance company which was hitherto insuring health of retiree bankers , through a group insurance policy , is said to have proposed increase in the cost up to 150 % . Elderly bankers with meager pensions are unable to meet the cost and are perplexed not knowing what to do . In this circumstance , the article looks in to possible solutions to the problem .
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1. Around 4% to 5 % of the readers of the article participated in the survey .
2. Around 70 % of the respondents advised that they would discontinue the health insurance if the insurer insists on the enhancement proposed by them .
3. Majority ( 57 % ) of the respondents are ready for an hike of around 10 %
4. Majority ( 57 % ) of the respondents are agreeable to reduction of insurance around 10 %
PRESENT POSITION OF THE INSURANCE
The existing group policy is expiring on 31st , October 2018 . The existing premium schedule is as follows :
HEALTH INSURANCE PLANS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
WITH OR WITHOUT ENTRY AGE RESTRICTION
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We understand that insurance company has put up following premium schedule for the retirees for renewal for the year 2018-19 ( We obtained the figures from social media posts which is not verified and we are not sure of the correctness ) :
1. WITHOUT DOMICILIARY
2. WITH DOMICILIARY ( 10 % OF THE INSURED AMOUNT )
. The above quotation is more than the double amount of the premium paid for 2017-18 and hence there is lot of anger / frustration for the retirees . Further the quotation for insurance with domiciliary is of no use to the insured as additional amount payable for domiciliary treatment is much more than the insurance amount . For award staff an amount of Rs 41,793 to be paid additionally for obtaining domiciliary treatment cover of Rs 30,000 . Similarly for officers , additional payment of Rs 55,721 is expected for a cover of Rs 40,000 . Even if the reported quotes are correct , the quotes will have no interest to the retirees and practically proposal is as good as saying no cover for domiciliary treatment .
We understand that , as of now , insurance company has expressed its inability to revise the quotation or extend the validity period of existing policy . In that case , retiree bankers have to look in to various other options available , in case they like to have insurance cover for their and their family's health .
As most of the retirees have expressed their unwillingness / inability to the proposal at the existing rates , we checked up the websites of various other insurance companies to find any cheaper options are available .
PROS AND CONS OF SWITCHING TO NEW INSURANCE POLICY
If the retirees like to shift from the existing group policy to any other individual cover , we found following hassles they have to face :
1. Existing ailments will not be covered for 24/ 36 / 48 months by the new insurance company . In an advanced age to lose benefit for 2 to 4 years for retirees will be a great risk , unless they have already some insurance individually .
2. Premium will vary in each case and will be based on the age of the retirees , of their family members and of their health conditions . Retirees between 60 to 70 years may get some benefits on premium , but older retirees may not get cover and have to pay higher premium even if an insurance company agrees to issue policy .
3 . Many insurance companies require medical examination and many of the retirees may not be eligible for cover after medical examination .
4 . Some of the insurance companies will have riders limiting claims on various types of claims .
5. Most of the insurance companies will cover 80 % to 90 % of the expenses and balance is to be borne by the policy holders . Presently the group insurance policy has 100 % coverage .
In the circumstances recently retired bankers aged below 65 ( maximum up to 70 years ) may be able to get themselves and their families covered at a lesser premium while the retirees in advanced ages may be left out of any cover , if the existing group cover lapses .
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ALTERNATE HEALTH INSURANCE COVERS AVAILABLE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
In case of failure to get a favorable renewed cover for retirees under group insurance , then retirees have to find new alternatives to cover themselves . We have searched and found few insurance companies who entertain senior citizens for fresh policies and the details are as follows :
HDFC ERGO HEALTH INSURANCE : Cover is available from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 50 lakhs for senior citizens . For a cover of Rs 5 lakhs for 2 members , premium is from 28 ,025 to Rs 80,000 + up . Entry and exit ages are life long . Higher priced products are available with higher benefits . .For website link , CLICK HERE
STAR HEALTH INSURANCE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS : Cover is available from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakhs for senior citizens . For a cover of Rs 5 lakhs for 2 members , premium is 36,582 up to 75 years . For website link , CLICK HERE
RELIGARE SENIOR CITIZEN HEALTH INSURANCE : Cover is available from Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs for senior citizens . For a cover of Rs 5 lakhs for 2 members , premium starts from Rs 29,124 to 58,080 depending up on age up to 70 years . Beyond 70 years policies have premium of Rs 84,123 and above . For website link ,CLICK HERE
APOLLO MUNICH SENIOR HEALTH INSURANCE : Cover is available from Rs 2 lakhS to Rs 5 lakhs for senior citizens . For a cover of Rs 5 lakhs for each member , premium is from 22,553 to Rs 96,402 + up . Entry and exit ages are life long . For website link , CLICK HERE
IOB EASY HEALTH ( in association with APOLLO MUNICH ) :
Cover is available from Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs for senior citizens . For a cover of Rs 5 lakhs for 2 members , premium starts from Rs 13,862 to 17,643 depending up on age up to 75 years . . For website link , CLICK HERE
NEW INDIA ASSURANCE COMPANY :
Cover is available from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakhs for senior citizens . premium per member for Rs 1.5 lakhs ranges between Rs 5,720 to 7,650 depending up on age up to 80 years .
We have sampled out some of the alternate insurance cover available above . For complete list of health insurers and their websites ,CLICK HERE
There are websites which offer comparing insurance policies and their premium like policybazaar.com and bankbazaar.com . One can also go to such sites and compare .
Please note that some of the websites of insurance companies , compare sites ask for your personal details before giving you a quote for premium and such companies will make follow up calls which may be irritating .
OUR OPINION : In the present scenario , all retiree bankers will be benefited if a negotiated settlement is arrived with the existing insurance company by the representatives of the retirees .
The proposed premium schedule by the present insurer , although substantially hiked by more than 100 % , still compares well with insurance cover provided by others . Any migration to other insurance companies individually will deprive the retirees of cover for existing diseases and older retirees may be left out without any cover . However it suffers from some lacuna like cover based on category , no option for individual policy and limited slab of covers .
As many retirees are expressing their inability to pay the proposed premium , it will be better to add additional proposals with lower premium and lower benefits so that it can be made accessible to all . There can be range of insured amounts from Rs 3 lakhs to Rs 10 lakhs with different premium schedules . There need not be any differentiation between different categories of retirees . A policy may be made available for one individual also where spouse has already deceased . Further options may be given for co-payment of 10 % to 30 % with discounts for the same . And to reduce the premium , there can be ceilings for room rents , ICU charges , ceiling per admission etc . The existing proposal may continued to be offered with full benefits who can afford the premium proposed . Thus a retiree should be able to buy the insurance at his / her convenience and financial position .
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