Care Plus Youth vs Star Health Comprehensive
Before we start comparing these two policies we have to set out some ground rules.
Both products are marketed by different insurance companies. Care Plus Youth is sold by Care and Comprehensive is sold by Star Health. So any meaningful comparison should include a comparison of the product alongside the insurers themselves.
Second, we know that both products are reasonably comprehensive. They do the basics quite well, but they won’t have all the bells and whistles (Think extensive coverage for international, dental, maternity and other such matters). So if you are looking for something else entirely, then both these policies may not cut it.
And finally, any comparison is ultimately futile without considering the use case. Who are you buying this policy for? You, your family, your parents?
That’s something you’ll need to answer before using this guide. So with that introduction out of the way, we can get to comparing the actual policies themselves.
Let’s start with Care Plus Youth. The product comes from Care’s stable:
Care Health Insurance (formerly Religare Health Insurance) was founded in 2012. And in that time, they’ve managed to corner a large part of the Indian Insurance market.
What’s more impressive?
Care Health Insurance has a remarkable claim settlement ratio of 95.2% and a network of more than 8,350 hospitals.
Comprehensive meanwhile comes from Star Health’s stable:
Star Health Insurance is India's first standalone health insurance firm. And with an army of retail advisors pushing their products across the country, they’ve managed to capture a fair share of the Indian market.
The company also boasts a network of over 13,000 hospitals and a decent claim settlement ratio of 83.64%.
|Claim settlement ratio||95.2%||83.64%|
(if purchased after turning 61)
Single Private room
Single Private room
|Pre existing diseases waiting|
|No claim bonus|
50% per year
(up to 200%)
50% per year
(up to 100%)
(unlimited no. of times
for any illness)
(once for any illness
after complete exhaustion of sum insured)
Once every year
Once every year
(up to ₹20,000 after 2 years)
|Out Patient Department|
Up to ₹2,500
(cap of ₹350 on each consultation)
Up to ₹1,200
(cap of ₹300 on each consultation)
With a co-payment clause, the insurer will mandate that you pay a part of the bill. So if the bill adds up to Rs. 2,00,000 and the co-payment is set at 20% then you could be asked to pay Rs. 40,000 from the bill. In this case, however, Care Plus Youth doesn’t impose a co-payment clause whereas Comprehensive requires you to co-pay a part of the bill 10% if you purchase after turning 61
If the policy does impose room rent restrictions then the insurer may only let you stay in a room of a certain specification or impose a cap on the total room rent. If you were to breach either criterion then the insurance company may ask you to pay a portion of all the expenses you incurred while staying in the room. In this case, however, Care Plus Youth lets you stay in a single private room and Comprehensive also lets you stay in a single private room. Nothing fancy.
Some policies will tell you that they will cover all medical expenses up until the sum insured, but then impose caps on the total costs you can incur while dealing with a very specific list of diseases. We call these caps “Disease Wise Sub Limits.” In this case, neither Care Plus Youth imposes disease-wise sub-limits nor does Comprehensive
Waiting periods for pre-existing diseases:
If you’re suffering from a lifestyle condition or if you’ve had surgery in the past, or if you’re dealing with an acute or chronic illness at the time of buying the policy, then the insurer may classify this as a pre-existing disease. And they may tell you that they will only cover these illnesses after some time. This cooling period is referred to as the Pre-existing-disease waiting period. In this case, Care Plus Youth imposes a 3 year waiting period on pre-existing diseases and Comprehensive will similarly tell you to wait 3 years before making a claim related to your pre-existing diseases
Pre and post Hospitalization expenses
Most people aren’t hospitalized right off the bat. Instead, they’ll have to go through a whole series of diagnostic tests before hospitalization and take medication post-discharge. These costs are outlined as pre-hospitalization expenses and post-hospitalization expenses respectively. In this case, Care Plus Youth covers expenses incurred 60 days before hospitalization and expenses incurred 90 days post-hospitalization. Meanwhile, Comprehensive covers expenses incurred 60 days before hospitalization and expenses incurred 90 after hospitalization, although there may be different sub-limits
No claim bonus
Some policies will tell you that they will incentivize you for not making a claim in any given year. And they offer such incentives by offering extra cover on top of the existing sum insured. This extra cover is categorized as a no-claim bonus. In this case, however, Both Care Plus Youth and Comprehensive offer a no-claim bonus but the bonus may be capped at different levels.
Imagine you are forced to treat yourself at home because you don’t find a hospital bed, or you have a chronic condition that prevents you from visiting one, then, insurers may choose to cover your treatment even if you’re hospitalized at home. And such costs are collectively categorized as domiciliary treatment costs. In this case, however, Care Plus Youth offers domiciliary cover. And Comprehensive also coves domiciliary expenses.
Most policies only cover treatments administered in a registered medical facility. However, on some occasions, you may want to pursue alternative treatments including homoeopathy, Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha. These treatments are collectively categorized as Ayush treatments. And in this case, Care Plus Youth covers Ayush procedures and Comprehensive also extends coverage for Ayush treatments.
If you’re hospitalized during childbirth, then you may have to incur significant costs during delivery of your newborn, child care and other related matters during the course of the hospitalization. These costs are collectively termed maternity costs. And in this case, however, Care Plus Youth doesn’t offer protection for maternity-related hospitalizations whereas Comprehensive offers maternity cover.
Out Patient Department (OPD)
Doctor visits and regular consultations aren’t usually covered by health insurance policies. They are categorized as Outpatient consultations (or OPD treatments) and patients have to bear the cost on their own. In this case, however, Care Plus Youth offers OPD coverage, and Comprehensive also offers OPD coverage, although the sub-limits may be different.
After considering all the features on hand and the claim settlement ratio of Care, we believe that Care Plus Youth is a better alternative to Comprehensive for most use cases that we’ve evaluated so far.