Smart Secure Plus
Max Life Smart Secure Plus is an affordable term insurance plan that extends pretty much every add-on you can currently think of – zero cost option, return of premium plan, disability benefit, accidental death benefit and a provision to increase your term cover sometime in the future. And while Max Life may not be a household name, they are one of the biggest private life insurers in the country. All in all, a solid pick.
If you are a smoker, you will likely see that Max Life’s premiums are more or less in line with other insurers. Maybe a little cheaper.
Good Claim Settlement Ratio
Max Life settles 99.4% of claims of the total number of claims it receives as compared to the industry average of 97%. A pretty good number overall.
Good Complaints Ratio
Max Life receives 7 complaints (per 10,000 claims registered) as opposed to the industry median of 17 complaints. Pretty good figure overall.
Good Amount Settlement Ratio
Some insurers pay out the smaller claims while declining to pay out the few higher-value claims in a bid to improve the claim settlement ratio. So you will need to look at the total amount settled as a percentage of the total amount claimed. Max Life meanwhile has an amount settlement ratio of 95.5% as opposed to the industry average of 87%. Pretty good figure overall.
The aforementioned ratios have been averaged over three years for every insurer and the industry as a whole.
What's good here?
Good Critical Illness Benefit
If you’re ever diagnosed with a debilitating illness, you would want your insurance policy to pay a fixed sum so that you can deal with any monetary obligations you may have. Smart Secure Plus extends top notch critical illness protection and pays up to ₹30 Lakhs so long as you are diagnosed with 64 illnesses listed in the policy brochure.
Payouts for critical illnesses may not be made immediately. Instead, insurers expect you to survive for a certain duration before they make the payment. And Smart Secure Plus will pay out the benefit 14 days after the diagnosis is confirmed.
Payout on top only:
Some policies will pay out the critical illness (CI) benefit from the total term cover available, i.e. Accelerated payout, while also offering you the option to avail it on top of the total term cover available. Smart Secure Plus however doesn’t offer the accelerated option and pays out the benefit on top.
Short waiting period:
Most policies impose a waiting period before they make the Critical Illness Benefit available. And Smart Secure Plus imposes a 90 to 180 days waiting period before they can process any claim related to critical illnesses. This is longer than the industry average.
Accidental Death Benefit Available
Some policies offer you the option of adding extra protection for accidental deaths. And while we recommend customers choose a comprehensive cover without worrying about the specifics of death precisely, Smart Secure Plus offers accidental death benefit nonetheless.
Top Up Option Available
Some policies extend the option of increasing your total term cover even after you buy the policy. And Smart Secure Plus offers this benefit.
Option to increase your cover with inflation
Some policies automatically increase your cover by a certain amount (usually inflation) to always provide you with the necessary protection. And Smart Secure Plus extends this option.
Zero Cost Option Available
Some insurers will return all your premiums if you forego your policy before maturity, during a period specified by the insurer. Meaning you get all your premiums back, while also being protected under the term plan during this time. And Smart Secure Plus extends this option.
Premiums waived after permanent disability (due to accident) or critical illnesses
Some policies waive all future premium payments if you are ever disabled (due to accident) or diagnosed with a critical illness. And Smart Secure Plus extends the waiver-of-premium option in both cases.Learn More
Payouts in the event of total permanent disability
Some policies offer you a monthly income or a large lumpsum in the event you are disabled totally for life. And Smart Secure Plus extends this option.
What's okay here?
Decent Terminal Illness Benefit
Certain policies will disburse the entire cover amount the moment you are diagnosed with a terminal illness. So even in the absence of death, you can still get the money and use it any way you wish. And while Smart Secure Plus does not disburse the entire sum assured, you do have the option to receive a portion of your cover if you are diagnosed with a terminal illness.
You can recover your premiums after policy matures
Some policies return your premium after the policy matures if you don’t make a claim. However, we don’t recommend this option actively considering the option can be expensive. In any case, Smart Secure Plus extends this option to those considering it.
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