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Pannkaj Question by Pannkaj on Sep 08, 2022Translate
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I have an individual health policy with Nivabupa. The current renewed policy document mentions:

1. Base Sum Insured Rs 5 lakh

2. Loyalty Additions Rs 2 lakh 

3. Next Column Sum Insured (Base Sum Insured + Loyalty Additions + Refill amount ^) (in Rs) 12,00,000

My 2 claims totalling Rs 6.25 lakh for Angiography and Bypass Surgery were settled only for Rs 500,000. 

Is this in line with norms? 

Ans: Hi Pannkaj,to answer your question we need to understand the plan details and the type of deduction done by the insurance company during the claim.

I suggest you speak with your insurer on why only Rs 500,000 was settled against your bills.

Also as a rule, do read all the terms and conditions on your policy document and the claim settlement process followed by your insurer.

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