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Can Mediclaim Premiums Be Paid in Cash?

A Mediclaim policy covers the expenses incurred during medical treatment, consultation charges, and pharmacy bills.

  • 11 Apr 2023
  • 2 min read

Today, where medical costs are skyrocketing and can drain one’s finances, a Mediclaim policy has become an essential shield to safeguard against unexpected medical expenses. It offers financial assistance during medical emergencies, ensuring you and your loved ones receive the best medical care without any economic burden. However, with various payment options available, people are often uncertain about the payment methods for their Mediclaim premiums. Let’s explore whether Mediclaim premiums can be paid in cash and understand the answer in detail.

Before delving into the topic, it is essential to understand the basics of Mediclaim. A Mediclaim policy covers the expenses incurred during medical treatment, consultation charges, and pharmacy bills. It provides financial assistance to you, ensuring you do not face any economic burden due to unexpected medical emergencies. To avail of these benefits, you must pay a premium to the insurance company at regular intervals, as specified in the policy document.

Can you make a cash payment for the Mediclaim premium?

Yes, most health insurance companies will accept cash payments for Mediclaim premiums. However, checking with the specific insurer about their preferred payment methods is always a good idea. You should make cash payments directly at the insurer’s branch office and remember to obtain a valid receipt for future reference. For added convenience and security, you should use electronic payment methods such as online transfers or debit/credit card payments.

No tax benefit when you pay cash for Mediclaim Premium

If you pay the premium for your Mediclaim insurance policy in cash, you will not be eligible for any tax benefits. Under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act, tax deductions are available only on premiums paid through digital modes of payment like Net Banking, credit cards, or debit cards. Therefore, choosing a suitable payment method to maximise your tax savings while purchasing a Mediclaim policy is essential.

  • You are eligible for a tax break of up to Rs 25,000 for Mediclaim insurance premiums paid for yourself, your spouse, and your dependent children.
  • An additional benefit of up to Rs 25,000 is available for Mediclaim insurance premiums paid for your parents.
  • If you or your parents are senior citizens (age 60 years or above), the deduction limit increases to Rs 50,000.
  • If you and your parents are both senior citizens, the deduction limit increases to Rs 1,00,000.
  • It is important to note that the total deduction for Mediclaim insurance premiums, including those paid for parents, cannot exceed Rs 1,00,000.

However, you can still get a tax benefit if you spend money on preventive healthcare, such as routine health tests, and pay for it in cash. In this case, the maximum allowable deduction is Rs 5,000, and the benefits are limited to a cap of Rs 25,000.

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