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Health insurance policies witness 40 pc spike during COVID

Health insurance policies witness 40 pc spike during COVID

New Delhi, Jul 16 (UNI) After claiming around six lakh lives worldwide and affecting the global economy badly, the global pandemic of Novel Coronavirus has also raised a positive concern- the awareness about health, with enquiries related to health insurance policies increased by 30-40 per cent.

As per reports, more than 80 per cent of COVID-19 patients are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms and do not require hospital care. In such a situation, home healthcare is helping address a substantial portion of the present healthcare requirement.

The demand has provided an opportunity for insurance companies to innovate and serve the evolving needs of a more informed population.

Several insurance companies have come forward and added home healthcare segments in their policies.

Recently, the ICICI Lombard General Insurance added benefits related to the treatment of Coronavirus to its existing health insurance indemnity policies. Apart from leading hospitals, ICICI Lombard has tied up with top home care service provider - Healthcare at Home (HCAH).

'Our recent tie-up with ICICI Lombard, GIC has offered additional benefits to the insured patients, at no extra cost. This would enable the policyholders to derive maximum benefit from their health insurance cover.

'As part of this offering, insured patients can get themselves treated at home instead of having to avail hospitalisation to avail of the insurance claim,' said Vivek Srivastava, Co-Founder and CEO, HealthCare at HOME (HCAH).

This will significantly benefit those patients, who wish to avail treatment for any ailment in the safe environment of their home, rather than a hospital, thereby ensuring social distancing and reducing COVID-19 infections.

'The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing, and breathing problems. Unless you have severe symptoms, you can most likely treat them at home, the way you would for a cold or the flu. Most people recover from COVID-19 without the need for hospital care,' added Mr Srivastava.

The role of the insurer, while providing home care services is as follows — when the treating doctors prescribe the insured to undergo home care treatment, the insured intimates the insurer for service, which is facilitated with the help of network service providers, having expertise in this line of treatment.

The service provider provides treatment as per the prescription/standard clinical protocols.

In case of admission required at the hospital, the insured person is guided with the next course of action by the treating doctor/service provider. The insurer plays the role of the facilitator for cashless and reimbursement service.

This is a very transparent process, which will help the insured patients, and invite more to seek healthcare insurance.

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