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How Much 80D Deduction Can I Claim For Medical Insurance Premium Paid For Parents?

Claiming deductions under Section 80D for medical insurance premiums paid for your parents is a valuable benefit, but how much can you claim? In this article, we'll provide insights into the maximum deductions available and the eligibility criteria.

  • 03 Nov 2023
  • 3 min read

We know that navigating the world of taxes and insurance can be overwhelming. Moreover, insurance premiums can also be expensive. Luckily, the Indian Income Tax Act's Section 80D comes to the rescue. This provision allows you to claim deductions for medical insurance premiums paid for your parents, lightening your financial load while ensuring their well-being. Let's explore how this works and how you can secure their health while enjoying tax benefits.


What is Section 80D?                   

Listed below is a breakdown of Section 80D, to help you understand it better:

  • Section 80D is a beneficial provision under the Indian Income Tax Act.
  • It's aimed at encouraging individuals to secure their health and that of their family members through medical insurance.
  • It allows taxpayers to claim deductions on medical insurance premiums paid, including premiums for parents' coverage.
  • The deductions are available for individuals and Hindu Undivided Families (HUFs).
  • This provision recognizes the rising need for comprehensive health coverage, especially for senior citizens.
  • Taxpayers can claim deductions over and above the deductions claimed under Section 80C for life insurance.
  • The deduction limits vary based on the insured individual's age and coverage type (self or parents).
  • It includes deductions for preventive health check-ups, which can be vital for early detection of health issues.
  • Payments eligible for deductions include medical insurance premiums for self, spouse, dependent children and parents, and contributions to specific government health schemes.
  • The mode of payment matters; deductions are not allowed for cash payments (except in the case of preventative health check-up payment, which can be made in cash).
  • This provision contributes to easing the financial burden of medical expenses while promoting prudent healthcare planning.

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Maximum deduction on medical insurance for parents           

Here’s how you can enjoy tax benefits while taking care of parents’ wellbeing:

  • Parents below 60 years of age

If you are a taxpayer, you can obtain a deduction of up to Rs. 25,000 for the 80D medical insurance premium paid for parents who are below the age of 60. This deduction is part of the overall deduction limit available under Section 80D.


  • Senior citizen parents (aged 60 and above)

If your parents are senior citizens (60 or above), you can obtain an additional deduction of up to Rs. 25,000 for their medical insurance premium. It means that the total deduction available for medical insurance premiums paid for senior citizen parents is up to Rs. 50,000.


  • Preventive health check-ups

The provision also covers deductions for preventive health check-ups within the overall limit. Taxpayers can acquire a deduction of up to Rs. 5,000 for expenses incurred on preventive health check-ups for themselves, their spouses, dependent children, and parents. It encourages individuals to prioritise proactive healthcare measures.


It's important to note that deductions are allowed only for payments made through non-cash modes, excluding cash payments. It emphasises transparency and accountability in claiming deductions.


The varying deduction limits for different age groups incentivise individuals to secure their parents' health, especially senior citizens, while enjoying tax benefits. This provision aligns with the government's efforts to promote affordable and comprehensive healthcare coverage for all citizens.

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