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ICICI Lombard Expert Blog

Disease-specific Insurance Plans Becomes Popular In Hyderabad

December 14 2017
Disease-specific Insurance Plans

With the count in cases of deadly diseases such as dengue and cancer on the rise, the popularity for disease-specific insurance plans is increasing in the city of ‘Nizams’. The health insurance firms have started floating disease-specific plans for their customers. In addition to the health insurance policy that encompasses a myriad of diseases, these disease-specific plans come with protection from deadly diseases, which are otherwise excluded in general healthcare plans.

The experts say that, apart from increasing cases of these diseases, the popularity of these plans are also high, due to the high treatment costs that is involved with it. According to rough estimates, the healthcare expenses for dengue can easily touch ₹1 lakh and more depending on the severity. Whereas treatment for cancer and other such severe diseases cost no less than ₹3-5 lakh.

Industry insiders noted, while these trend of disease-specific policies were introduced about 3 years ago, it has picked up pace in Hyderabad only now. Apart from cancer and dengue related policies, diabetic and cardiac insurance plans are also being purchased in substantial numbers in the city. Firms are also seen rolling out special policies for HIV/AIDS, kidney diseases, neuro disorders etc.

Attractive pricing and customized offering make disease-specific health insurance products a preferred choice over critical illness plans, which typically cover a host of illnesses including cancer, heart ailments, stroke, kidney failure and burns. The premium for most of these polices range between ₹20,000 and ₹60,000 annually, depending on the age and health condition of the patient.

*Source: Times of India

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