Sunday, June 14, 2015

Health insurance


Whose health are we insuring?
 
 
thehindubusinessline.com · The new health savings plan appears more advantageous to insurers and agents than consumers
My comments as posted in the article:
Insurance industry in this country is just evolving. Neither the operators nor regulators nor the insured know the intricacies in full. Not that I also know something great. All I know is the risks attached to insurance are far different and have varying dimensions across ages and sex. Premium as the insurance companies say is measured by the risk associated. So as one ages, the risks become larger and therefore, the premium is charged higher equivalent to an ageing automobile. Women become more vulnerable to certain health problems far different from after a particular age - say 40-45years. Both men and women while they are earning more could be charged higher premium for insuring risks to cover those that become larger when they age or when they retire and for women after 45 years. The moment one says he is insured in a corporate hospital, the list of tests become longer; charges become hefty to take the maximum in the insurance pie. This exploitation should be stopped by IRDA.