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Insurance Expert - Answered on Nov 28, 2022

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Subhas Question by Subhas on Nov 28, 2022Translate
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I am 72 yrs and my wife 62. We have Mediclaim from National Insurance for 5 lakh each for last >20 years. However, due to high premium, we reduced it (by step) to 3 lakh each and also losing bonus accrued. Now I am thinking to have another insurance from Star Insurance for Rs 2 lakh each.

Is it advisable and what are the pros & cons?

Ans: Hi Subhas, instead of buying a new policy for 2 lakh each to increase sum insured you can buy a super top up on your current policy which will cover more sum insured on a lesser premium.

If you purchase a new policy, it will not cover your pre-existing diseases. Moreover, waiting period associated with the new policy will be there because of which you will not be able to claim your sum insured.

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• Review Your Policy Documents: Make sure to thoroughly review your insurance policy documents. Understand the terms and conditions, coverage details, and any clauses related to premium increases. It's essential to be aware of the specifics of your current policy before making any decisions.
• Compare Policies: Compare the benefits and premiums of your current policy with those offered by other insurance providers in the market. Look for policies that provide similar or better coverage at a more reasonable cost. Take into account the coverage for both term insurance and health insurance.
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