Active health platinum essential is fairly economical and it does an okay job. But once you're hospitalized, they'll make you split the bill, they might not offer the full cover for some treatments and they'll make you wait 4 years before covering complications arising out of pre-existing illnesses.
What's good here?
Pre & post hospitalization expenses covered
No worries if the doctor had to run a host of diagnostic tests before or after hospitalizing you. The insurer has your back. They will cover this amount in full for a pretty reasonable duration - 30 days before you are hospitalized and 60 days after discharge. This includes the cost of medication by the way.
Day Care treatments covered
If you’re hospitalized for less than 24 hours in lieu of a minor procedure, then the insurer will cover these costs too. Think dialysis, chemotherapy or minor surgeries.
Free Health Checkups every year
If you’re planning on getting a full body checkup every year just to make sure you’re in fine working condition, the insurer will cover the costs.
Full coverage even if you are forced to hospitalize at home
The insurer will bear the costs even if you are hospitalized at home due to a condition or the hospital running out of beds. In insurance lingo, they call this a policy with domiciliary cover.
What's bad here?
You will have to pay a portion of the bill
The policy will only cover 80% of the final bill. The rest is on you. They call this a co-payment.
Has disease wise sub-limits
Your insurance cover won’t be fully available in case you are treated for Angioplasty, Knee replacement and a few other diseases. Meaning the insurance company has a cap on the total amount they’ll pay out if you are treated for these specific illnesses.
Long waiting period for pre-existing diseases
If you’re already dealing with diabetes, cardiovascular problems or any such illnesses, the insurer will cover all costs arising out of these pre-existing problems only after 4 long years. It could be much shorter you know? Like 2 years perhaps!
Restrictions on the rooms you can pick and much more
When selecting the policy you were probably asked about your choice of room. It could have been a single private room, a shared room or even a general ward. And so long as you stay in a room you picked at the time, it’s all good. But if you picked one room and then opted to stay in a more expensive room, then you’ll have to co-pay a part of the bill. Read more here
Special Bonus for being healthy and not claiming insurance
Your sum insured increases by 10% each year, so long as you make no claims during this period. But before you get too ahead of yourself, do note that they’ll stop offering you the bonus when your sum insured increases by 100%. But hey, it's still a bonus.
What's lacking here?
No Restoration Benefit
Some policies will tell you - Even after you claim part of the cover on one occasion, you will have the full cover restored, if you are hospitalized another time during the same year. So if you have a family cover and multiple members of the family are hospitalized in the same year, this feature will come in handy. Unfortunately, this policy offers no such benefit.
No Cover for Alternative Medicine
Think of getting Ayurvedic, Homeopathic or other alternative treatment to cure an illness. Tough Luck!!! Your insurer won’t cover this expense.
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