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Harinarayanan Question by Harinarayanan on Jul 28, 2022Translate
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I am a mild smoker aged 47 years. I am already having medical insurance for the past 10 years. When I tried to include the concept "smoker" in the renewal application, the agent does not accept and want us to lie with the insurance company. In view of the above the real truth is not disclosed. In this situation, whether any claim particularly related to heart or BP or hospitalization will be affected? Whether full claim will be affected? Please clarify sir.

If I particularly want to include the smoker in the application, whether the premium will be high?

Ans: Hi Harinarayanan, to answer your question if it will affect your claim settlement, yes it will and I suggest that you should declare and be transparent with the insurer.

If you have started smoking after the purchase of the policy, then at the time of renewal you should declare it to the insurer. In fact, any material change in activities between renewals should be declared to the insurer; it is then up to them to either adjust your premium accordingly or accept it without a change in the premium amount.

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Recently, a top-notch insurer rejected my mediclaim for not informing the insurer that I was a non-habitual smoker. While getting the insurance policy I had stated that I was not a smoker but somehow they found out from my friends and family, or not sure from where, that I was a smoker. I was admitted to a hospital for a lung infection recently and they rejected the claim saying that I falsified my personal info. Under what other grounds can insurance companies reject claims?
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