Vijay C Roy
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 19
Abysmally low medical insurance penetration however, the worry of contracting Covid-19 has seen a spurt within the demand for short-term Covid-specific covers, particularly amongst first-time consumers.
According to insurers, even those that are already lined beneath common medical insurance are shopping for commonplace Covid-19 plans for a assured protection.
Currently, greater than a dozen insurance coverage firms are providing Covid plans.
‘Corona Kavach’ has seen a optimistic uptake from clients, particularly these as much as 45 years. We are witnessing most queries for a canopy of Rs 2-5 lakh, contemplating Covid remedy price. The larger demand is for six.5 and 9.5-month insurance policies,” says Gurdeep Singh Batra, head of retail underwriting, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance.
Covid-specific merchandise have been designed maintaining in thoughts those that can not afford to pay Rs 800 to Rs 1,000 a month for medical insurance. The common price of the coverage is as little as Rs 500.
While ‘Corona Kavach’ is an indemnity-based well being plan and essentially the most wanted, ‘Corona Rakshak’ is a fixed-benefit coverage. Both these insurance policies are a lot in demand throughout the nation, notably in Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Delhi NCR the place Covid incidence is excessive.
“The response has been tremendous. We have been selling an average 1,000 ‘Corona kavach’ policies a day,” says Amit Chhabra, head of medical insurance, Policybazaar.com.
With instances mounting by the day, there was a gradual rise in insurance coverage claims too. “In July, claims worth Rs 565 crore were settled against 35,000 hospitalisations. An average Rs 1.6 lakh was given to each claimant,” says Indraneel Chatterjee, co-founder and principal officer, Renewbuy.com.
Bhaskar Nerurkar, head of well being claims at Bajaj Allianz General Insurance, says for a cashless Covid-19 declare, they do pre-authorisation approval inside 45 minutes whereas remaining settlement is completed in lower than two hours after invoice verification. “In case of a reimbursement claim, we pay a policyholder within three working days,” he provides.