Star Health

Star Health

Health Gain

Health Gain is a plain vanilla policy. It doesn't offer a whole host of extra benefits. It makes you wait 4 years before covering pre-existing illnesses (like diabetes). You don't get coverage beyond 5 lakhs with this policy and it's not exactly cheap either. However, it does offer some coverage for outpatient consultations subject to certain conditions. So maybe you could still give it a shot.

What's good here?

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You most likely don't have to split the bill

If you bought this policy after you turned 61, you have to pay 20% of the bill every time you make a claim. Otherwise, you are good to go. The insurer will pay all costs up to the sum insured.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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What's bad here?

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Be aware of

Restrictions on the rooms you can pick and much more

Your insurer won’t let you stay in a room whose rent exceeds 1% of the sum insured. But in the event, you breach this limit, get ready to pay a lot more. Read more here

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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!

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No coverage if you are forced to hospitalize at home

The insurer will not cover the costs if you are forced to hospitalize at home due to a medical condition. In insurance lingo, they call this a policy with no domiciliary cover.

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What's lacking here?

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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.

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No Bonus for being healthy and not claiming insurance

Some policies offer you extra cover if you go an entire year without claiming your insurance. This policy, however, offers no such benefit.

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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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Your insurer doesn’t provide free health check-ups

If you want to get a full-body checkup just to make sure you’re in fine working condition, be ready to pay for it yourself.

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