Arogya Sanjeevani Policy – Standard Health Insurance Features and Benefits

Are you confused while buying health insurance for your family or yourself with so many features? The answer is Arogya Sanjeevani Policy.

Arogya Sanjeevani Policy

When we are buying health insurance, many of the plan features will go out of our heads. To make it simple, IRDA announced the standard product with all basic features understandable to all of us. This product is labeled as “Arogya Sanjeevani Policy <name of insurer>. For example, if Apollo Munich company is offering this standard health insurance for you, then the product name will be like Arogya Sanjeevani Policy Apollo Munich.

By making it a universal name, you can easily find out the features unique. Because the product is not company-specific but the features are standardized.

This Arogya Sanjeevani Policy offers basically three benefits to all buyers.

# It takes care of the basic health insurance requirements of the public.

# It will have common policy wordings across all the industries.

# It provides a seamless portability feature.

Features and Benefits of Arogya Sanjeevani Policy

Let us now look at the features of the Arogya Sanjeevani Policy.

  • This standard product is available as an individual as well as family floater health insurance.
  • Family means Spouse, Parents, Parents-In-Law and dependent children between 3 months to 18 years.
  • If the child above 18 years of age is independent, then he or she is not eligible to be included.
  • It is offered as indemnity insurance without any riders like Critical Illness cover.
  • For a yearly premium payment, 30 days grace period is allowed and for other modes 15 days grace period.
  • Minimum Sum Assured is Rs.1 lakh and the maximum sum assured is Rs.5 lakh.
  • The policy period is for one year.
  • You can pay the premium as Yly, Hly, Qly, or Mly.
  • The minimum entry age for the principal insured is 18 years and the maximum entry age is 65 years.
  • The policy offers a lifelong renewable option.
  • 5% Co-Payment clause is applicable for all ages.
  • Sub limits for cataract surgery is actual expenses, 25% sum assured or Rs.40,000 (whichever is lower).
  • There are two types of waiting periods. One type of waiting period is for 24 months and another type is 48 months.
  • The plan offers the portability option also.
  • The premium will be based on India basis but not based on geographic or zone-based pricing.
  • It covers the hospitalization expenses like Room, Boarding, Nursing expenses up to 2% of Sum Assured or the maximum of Rs.5,000 per day.
  • ICU/ICCU expenses up to 5% of Sum Assured or the maximum of Rs.10,000 per day.
  • It covers Ayush Treatment.
  • 30 days Pre Hospitalization expenses.
  • 60 days Post Hospitalization expenses.
  • NCB (No Claim Bonus) of 5% for each year up to 50% of the Sum Assured.
  • No deductible.
  • This product is available to all from 1st April 2020.
  • There is 30 days waiting period also from the date of issue of the policy.
  • There are certain exclusions also like treatments related to weight loss, change of gender, plastic surgery, hazardous adventure sports, breach of law or due to war etc.
  • Maternity benefit is not available in this plan.
  • TPA facility is available and also cashless benefits.
  • One can have multiple Arogya Sanjeevani Policies. In such cases, policyholder have a rights to choose the insurance company or policy for a claim.
  • You can cancel the policy also. If you cancel within 30 days, then you will get 75% of the premium, 31 to 90 days means 50%, 3 to 6 months means 25% and 6 to 12 months means 0%.
  • You can migrate to the other products of the same company.

Arogya Sanjeevani Policy – Should you buy?

I feel the features are easy to understand for many of us. Hence, once you thoroughly understood the features of Arogya Sanjeevani Policy, then you can opt the product from any non-life insurance company of your choice as the product features will remain the same.

However, as per the guidelines, I understand that the premium fixing is left with insurance companies. Hence, even though product feature remains same, the premium may vary from company to company.

In the age of no co-payment products, this product offers 5% co-payment, which I think a hindrance.

There is a 2% room rent cap or a maximum of Rs.5,000 per day and 5% or Rs.10,000 ICU and ICCU cap. This is again one more hindrance as based on room rent cap, your billing will be done.

The best part of this product is that the premium will not be fixed based on zone. Instead, it will remain same throughout India.

I think there are no daycare treatment listings. Hence, I feel all the daycare treatments are eligible for the claim.

Restricting sum assured to Rs.5 lakh is one more hindrance. However, guidelines state that there is no such restriction if one has to buy multiple Arogya Sanjeevani Policies. In such a situation, I think putting the maximum limit is useless. Instead, one is allowed to choose his own sum assured.

Overall, it looks fine for me as of now. However, let us see how the insurance companies take this product seriously and sell it.

Refer our latest post on Non Life Insurance companies:-

26 Comments

  1. Your posts are very insightful.
    Please address my doubt.
    A basic doubt….
    Are we allowed standard deduction on income tax , for this FY 2019- 2020

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  2. Basavji, Cataract max limit per eye is not Rs.4 lacs, it’s Rs.40000/- only. More over, do you have any update on premium chart of this product.?

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    • Dear Rajesh,
      Thanks for the update. I will correct it. As of now, the premium chart is not available. May be by the end of March 2020, we may get the clear picture.

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  3. Sir,
    Can you please explain about Ayush treatments ? Will the benefit get for treatments from Ayush Day Care centres ? Only OP treatment is in Ayush Day Care. That means insurance benefit will be given for OP treatment also ? It is available for % bed hospitals. But doubt is about Ayush Day Care Centres.

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      • Yes. it covers Ayush treatments. Please read the circular clearly

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  4. Is it a top tpa insurance in India?

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    • Dear Krishna,
      I am unable to understand your doubt. Can you elaborate more?

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  5. Dear sir,

    You gave wonderful information about the Arogya Sanjeevni Policy.
    It is good plan for lower income group and easy to understand.
    Again thanks for the information.

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  6. Thank u sir…very kind of u …

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  7. Hello Basu,

    are there any travel health insurances that covers pre existing disease. Can a cancer patient buy such policy and get treatment abroad? Thanks.

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    • Dear Rakesh,
      As of now, there are no such travel health insurance.

      Reply
  8. Hi Basu,

    Can I port My existing family floater policy with Arogya Sanjeevini from April, 2020

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      • Yes, but the only exception is if you have purchased the health policy through your bank, you cannot port such policies.

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  9. Dear Basu, my family is health covered under my employers group policy. I intend to retire in couple of years at the age of 50. will I be able to port out from the group policy then? or should I buy another policy separately? thanks. Naresh

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    • Dear Naresh,
      Regarding porting, check with your existing insurer. However, I suggest you to buy separate one for you.

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  10. Looks interesting. Please provide us with another post around April 2020, when there is more clarity on this, as this is very important step in standardizing the health insurance. As always, thank you for the post!

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    • Sir, Iam a central government employee, can I buy this insurance. If yes where I have to purchase.

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      • Dear Raghavendra,
        Yes, you can buy it. It will be available from 1st April 2020 from all Non-Life Insurance companies.

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    • Dear sir..

      I have a plan to take apollomunich canara bank health insurence for my 62 year dad and 55 years mom… for family floater 5 lakh rupees…….
      with lower premium rates….

      Now i heard that the apollo munich is take over by HDFC ERGO…

      Now shall i take that policy ??? or

      the arogya sanjeevini policy is better for them…. pze advise……

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      • Dear Kannan,
        Even if HDFC takeover Apollo, the product will continue as usual for existing policyholders. Hence, you can consider it.

        Reply

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