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What is a Hospital Discount in Mediclaim?

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) issued an order in 2015 requiring all insurance providers to make it mandatory for hospitals to disclose any and all discounts on the final hospitalisation bill.

  • 11 Apr 2023
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When it comes to healthcare expenses, medical insurance is a saving grace for many people. However, even with insurance, the costs can add up quickly, leaving many policyholders struggling to pay their medical bills. That is where hospital discounts come into play.

 

A hospital discount is a reduction in a hospital’s total bill amount for medical treatment, surgery, diagnostic, or any other healthcare service provided to you. Typically, insurers offer these discounts to help you reduce your out-of-pocket expenses. Insurance companies provide hospital discounts in collaboration with their network hospitals.

 

The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDAI) issued an order in 2015 requiring all insurance providers to make it mandatory for hospitals to disclose any and all discounts on the final hospitalisation bill. This move aimed to increase transparency and ensure that policyholders are aware of any discounts offered by the hospital on their medical treatment bills.

 

Now that you are aware of hospital discounts, it is time to look at some methods for obtaining them.

How to avail of a hospital discount while billing?

  • Spot billing errors: Be vigilant about billing errors to save money on your medical bills. If you notice any discrepancies, connect with the hospital billing department immediately. Requesting an itemised bill can also help provide a detailed breakdown of charges for various services, pharmacy bills, inpatient stays, and other factors.

 

  • Go for a health card: A health card with a No-Cost EMI option can help you pay your medical bills in convenient monthly instalments, reducing your financial stress. This benefit is available at all network hospitals affiliated with your insurer. Furthermore, various insurers provide hospital bill discounts when you swipe their health card.

 

  • Negotiate: You can negotiate with the healthcare provider for a discount on your medical bill. Explain your financial situation and ask if they offer any discounts, payment plans, or other options to help reduce the cost.

 

  • Upfront payment: Depending on the hospital, medical bills can also provide benefits similar to other cash payment discounts. This can be particularly helpful if you are dealing with expensive medical bills. Certain hospitals may offer a substantial discount if you settle the entire treatment cost upfront but remember that this offer requires immediate payment.

 

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  • mediclaim
  • medical insurance policy
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