Health companion is one of Max Bupa's most popular product. And for good reason. It covers most bases. It's economical. It doesn't have any unsavoury conditions. And it offers a whole host of benefits that are particularly useful. The only downside - Max Bupa might just have a better product now and its called ReAssure. You might want to check that out.
What's good here?
You most likely don't have to split the bill
The insurer will bear the entire cost of treatment (up to the sum insured) unless you explicitly opted to pay a portion of the bill. And if you’ve opted to co-pay a part of the bill, have you thought through it completely?
You can pick any room so long as it’s not a Suite
Shared rooms are okay. Single private rooms are okay. Most rooms are okay unless it’s a suite room — the expensive stuff. Then you’ll have to start splitting the bill.
You always have full cover irrespective of the disease
No funny business here. If your insurer hasn’t explicitly stated they won’t cover a certain illness, you can claim the full amount up to the sum insured, irrespective of the disease you’re dealing with. Meaning this policy doesn't impose the dreaded disease wise sub-limits.
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.
Some Restoration Benefit
Even after you claim part of the cover on one occasion, you will have 100% of the cover restored, if you are hospitalized one more time in a bid to treat a different complication. In the same year, 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.
Covers Alternative Medicine
Think of getting Ayurvedic, Homeopathic or other alternative treatments to cure an illness? Your insurer will cover you fully, up to the sum insured.
Reasonable 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 after you wait for 3 years.
Special Bonus for being healthy and not claiming insurance
Your sum insured increases by 20% 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.
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