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Life Insurance vs Medical Insurance

28 June, 2021


          
            Life Insurance vs Medical Insurance

The history of insurance in India is more than thousands of years old. There is a mention of a concept in the Rig-Veda called “YOGAKSHEMA” which means security, prosperity, and well-being of people. Not only in Rig-Veda, but also in Arthashastra, Manusmrithi, and Dharmashastra insurance has been mentioned.

In those ancient times insurance generally denoted sharing of possessions that could have been re-distributed in the times of any kind of natural disasters such as floods, fire, famine, and epidemics. This was the initial form of modern-day life insurance history in India.

Life or Term Insurance and Health Insurance both play a pivotal role in our lives. When sky-high healthcare expenses bind us to be careful while planning financial decisions, choosing between Life and Health insurance is a task. They are both saviors during unexpected contingencies.


Life insurance ensures the security of your family in case of your accidental demise, while health insurance policy keeps you unaffected financially during a medical emergency. Since ill-health and death are inescapable, a health or life insurance plan should be included in one’s financial portfolio.

MIMI PARTHA SARATHY
Managing Director,
Sinhasi Consultants Pvt. Ltd.


Your financial plan must have a health insurance plan, which is the starting point of all financial plans.

Health insurance is a must, along with life insurance needs covered

Health is paramount as ill health will eat away into your assets if not covered by insurance, since we will do anything… sell assets if required… to save the lives of our loved ones, especially during these challenging Covid times. You need to take health insurance when you are healthy. This way the premium will be lower than if we have any pre- existing disease which is common in India … primarily diabetes and hyper-tension Even before one starts investing towards one's goals, getting an adequate health insurance cover for self and family helps. Health insurance takes care of your unplanned expenses that may arise due to a medical contingency, even those that lead to hospitalization.

Why you Need a Health Insurance Plan?

  1. Medical emergencies are becoming more common
  2. Rising cost of healthcare
  3. Hospitalization cover + no hospitalization cover

Why you Need a Health Insurance Plan?

  1. Medical emergencies are becoming more common
  2. Rising cost of healthcare
  3. Hospitalization cover + no hospitalization cover

Source: India Today

1. Medical emergencies are becoming more common:

Health emergencies are common these days. With the hustle and bustle of life, we often tend to ignore our health and are prone to more lifestyle diseases. Medical emergencies lead to hefty hospital bills that may adversely affect your savings. So, having health insurance is a must these days. When you know your financial expenses will be taken care, you don’t compromise the quality of healthcare.

2. Rising cost of healthcare:

Medical expenses are sky-rocketing. The increasing trend in healthcare expenses binds us to have an adequate health plan that covers you against medical inflation.

3. Hospitalisation cover:

Why do you need health insurance? Is it more than just hospitalisation coverage? In India, health insurers cover you starting from the medical expenses including room rent, doctor’s bill, surgery, ambulance, maternity expenses, Ayurvedic treatments, prescription costs, etc. This is just the tip of the iceberg. It provides for enough coverage that fulfils almost your overall medical needs.

While choosing a health cover, one should ideally start by comparing plans from 2-3 preferred insurers. Have a close look at the inclusions and exclusions in the most basic plan being offered by them. Do not base your decision solely on the premium, instead prefer simple plans with fewer conditions and restrictions. And remember, every member of the family, irrespective of the age, needs health insurance cover to tide over unforeseen medical exigencies anytime in the future.

Life Insurance after Health Insurance

Life insurance is designed in a way that provides financial protection to one’s family in the event of his/her sudden death. It pays a lump sum amount, which is pre-decided. Here’s why you should go for Life.

  1. Financial assistance to cover loss of income
  2. Safeguard/backup for your retirement plan
  3. Also an option of investment
  4. Elevate savings
  5. Source of tax saving

Life insurance is designed in a way that provides financial protection to one’s family in the event of his/her sudden death. It pays a lump sum amount, which is pre-decided. Here’s why you should go for Life.

  1. Financial assistance to cover loss of income
  2. Safeguard/backup for your retirement plan
  3. Also an option of investment
  4. Elevate savings
  5. Source of tax saving
1. Financial assistance to cover loss of income:

The sudden demise of the sole earner of a family leads to loss of income and hence, marks a considerable financial strain on their survival. If the insured has a life insurance plan, their family members can ask for a death claim to be paid by the insurance company. This much-needed financial assistance helps the family to survive or to start afresh.

2. Safeguard to your retirement plan:

Most insurance companies have a provision to structure pension plans. This plan can take care of your expenses post-retirement. It runs on annuity payments at regular intervals. This way you can secure an income for your golden years. 

3. Option of investment:

Apart from providing death coverage, some life insurance plans also offer maturity benefits. At the maturity of the plan, the investor can avail of the money. In this way, by creating investment options, it affords a corpus in a specific period. Besides, for those who buy ULIPs (Unit Linked Insurance Plans), the premium paid can be invested in the share market. This way one can enjoy market-linked returns as well, with the life cover.

4. Elevate savings:

Paying the periodic premium for your life insurance cover ensures some percentage of income goes into the practice of saving. This will earn you a corpus in the long run, which is, by any means, bigger than what you invested as savings.

5. Source of tax saving:

The amount paid as premium of up to 1.5 lakh, is exempted from the tax deduction. This provides an avenue for tax-free investment Read More.


In conclusion, you must realize it is not an either-or situation. Both of these tools are important resources in your investment planning.

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