Guided by the policy of providing health care facilities to almost all categories of individuals, Religare Health Insurance (RHI) has introduced ‘Care Freedom’ product that is specially designed for the large section of people who go uninsured or underinsured.
Due to the results of pre-policy medical tests or they are suffering from pre-existing illnesses or are relatively progressed in age.
Care Freedom product will not insist on any pre-policy medical check-ups for prospects of all ages and for all levels of sum insured.
In fact, recognizing the special needs of those who purchase this policy, the waiting period in the case of pre-existing diseases is as low as 2 years as against the usual 4 years in case of most standard policies.
But like basic policies, this product does not cover diseases that surface in the initial 30-day waiting period, except those arising out of accidents, and other standard exclusions.
Speaking on the new product, Anuj Gulati, Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Religare Health Insurance said, “Religare Health is focussed on providing access to health care benefits to maximum number of people across the country.
Care Freedom as a product aims to bring in maximum number of people within the health cover net, especially those who are deprived of any health care benefits till now.”
With more and more people living longer in India, the need for products like Care Freedom is bound to witness substantial growth in the coming years and the product has been designed keeping in view of the needs of those who have not had the experience of availing a health cover till today, Mr Gulati added.
Beyond that, Care Freedom offers most benefits that new-age health insurance does, and perhaps more.
With no maximum entry age, discounts on longer policy terms (of up to three years) and the opportunity for lifelong renewal, this plan is available for individuals or as a floater.
In addition to covering the cost of in-patient care (involving hospitalisation more than 24 hours), it covers a wide range of specified day care treatments (involving less than 24 hours of hospitalisation) as well.
It covers pre-hospitalisation costs, such as medical examinations, tests and medication, which can be quite financially draining, as well as expenses that are incurred post-hospitalisation, such as follow-up visits to your medical practitioner, medication that is required and even further confirmatory tests.
Keeping up with the times, RHI offers Care Freedom customers the options of cashless settlements and reimbursement claim settlements – and in both scenarios, they deal directly with the company.
Naturally, these policies are eligible for the tax benefits applicable to health insurance policies, as prevalent under the Income Tax Act.
Beyond these basics, Care Freedom reimburses expenses incurred on an ambulance service and ‘Domiciliary Hospitalisation’, i.e. medical treatment at home that actually merits hospitalisation.
It even goes so far as to pay out a ‘Consumable Allowance’, i.e., a lump-sum per day for each day of hospitalisation that is expected to cover ‘non-medical’ expenses such as consumables, transportation, attendant’s cost and other daily expenses that you may not even be able to foresee.
Other very relevant features that come with this plan are an automatic recharge of the Sum Insured, if the claim amount exhausts your coverage limit, at no extra cost and annual health check-ups for all insured members, covered as adults, regardless of their claims history.
These include CBC with ESR, Urine routine, Blood Group, Fasting Blood Sugar, Lipid Profile, Kidney Function Test, ECG.
The Companion Benefit (an additional lumpsum amount if the insured person is admitted to a hospital and the period of stay is more than 10 consecutive days), dialysis cover, optional cover for access to medical practitioners for regular consultation (not related to hospitalisation) on specified terms with aco-payment facility, indemnification of expenses incurred towards hiring a qualified nurse at home to provide care and convenience, etc. are other useful aspects we have bundled into this product.
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Care Freedom is an apt choice for the classically un-insurable and offers customers freedom from worries about healthcare!