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How much Health Insurance do you Require?

The general advice given is that one should purchase healthcare plans which cover at least half of your pay to ensure that all medical bills are covered in their entirety.

  • 1,870 Views | Updated on: Dec 26, 2023

One of the major takeaways from this entire coronavirus experience has been the significance of having the appropriate amount of health insurance coverage. Many people have been severely impacted as a result of not having health insurance cover or not having enough healthcare plans to cover the high treatment expenses associated with Covid-19 or any other health problem.

When you or a member of your family faces a medical emergency and requires financial assistance, personal health insurance or a health cover for your entire family can be a lifesaver. It aids in the reduction of costs associated with hospitalisation. Therefore, it goes without saying that everyone needs health insurance coverage. However, it’s still necessary to think about how much health insurance cover you should have. The general advice given is that one should purchase healthcare plans which cover at least half of your pay in order to ensure that all medical bills are covered in their entirety.

For example, if you choose 1 crore health insurance, you must evaluate the following factors to guarantee that the amount of health cover you have chosen will meet all of your needs.

The Age At Which You Buy The Health Insurance

Your age is a crucial element that will influence your personal health insurance coverage. Individuals who purchase health insurance coverage when they are younger have the advantage of paying lower premiums. On the other hand, individuals above the age of 45 have to pay higher premium rates for health insurance cover due to the increased health concerns.

Monthly Premium Costs

When determining the amount of health insurance coverage you require, your financial capacity to afford premiums is critical. If you purchase a 1 crore health insurance plan, your premium payments will be directly related to the amount of health coverage you have selected. Hence, you should settle on a premium amount that does not put you in an uncomfortable spot.

Medical History Of Your Family

One aspect that influences your personal health insurance is your family’s medical history. In order to minimise the level of the risk of you developing the same health issues and illnesses as your loved ones, the insurance provider will examine your family’s history of medical conditions and diseases. If you are considered to be a high-risk policyholder, you should get full coverage of healthcare plans.

Preferred Hospital

The reputation and facilities of the hospital that you opt to be admitted to have an impact on your health cover. For the same treatment offered in other hospitals, different charges are paid depending on the hospital’s rating. As a result, the amount of health insurance cover required must be calculated by estimating the costs that may be spent at the facility of your choosing.

Annual Income & Healthcare Plans

The amount of health insurance you should have is directly proportional to your annual salary. When assessing the highest health insurance coverage you are qualified for, insurance companies take your yearly income into account. To be cautious, it’s usually a good idea to have health insurance that covers at least 50% of your yearly income.

The aforementioned aspects of health cover in this article should make it easier to choose the ideal level of insurance coverage that will help keep you and your loved ones safe. Do your research well before settling on one!

- A Consumer Education Initiative series by Kotak Life

Amit Raje
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Amit Raje

Amit Raje is an experienced marketer who has worked in various Fintechs and leading Financial companies in India. With focused experience in Digital, Amit has pioneered multiple digital commerce in India. Now, close to two decades later, he is the vice president and head of the D2C business department. He masters the skill of strategic management, also being certified in it from IIMA. He has challenged his challenges and contributed his efforts in this journey of digital transformation.

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Prasad Pimple has a decade-long experience in the Life insurance sector and as EVP, Kotak Life heads Digital Business. He is responsible for developing user friendly product journeys, creating consumer awareness and helping consumers in identifying need for life insurance solutions. He has 20+ years of experience in creating and building business verticals across Insurance, Telecom and Banking sectors

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