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Last Updated : May 01, 2017 12:19 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Private insurers stay away from religious group-based covers

Insurance companies use the concept of anti-selection to ensure that a group consists of a mix of people so that other group does not end up compensating for one risky group.

M Saraswathy @maamitalks

About three years ago, a special family health insurance policy was introduced for the Jain community by Jain International Organisation. Treated like a group insurance scheme, now private insurers are not too keen to be a part of this.

Under this plan called Shravak Arogyam, individual could purchase an insurance plan for Rs 2 lakh under mediclaim. Also, there was a Rs 10-lakh personal accident policy for an earning member and Rs 5 lakh for a non-earning member for personal accidents.

For families, an insurance plan for Rs 5 lakh against mediclaim for self, spouse and two dependent children up to 25 years of age was also available.

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"We have been receiving claims while premiums have remained low. This may not be sustainable on a long term basis," said a senior official of an insurance company associated with this scheme in the past.

From the first year itself, a large part of the community applied for this scheme. To be eligible, an individual needed to produce a religion certificate and the word 'Jain' was required to be mentioned in the school leaving certificate.

If it is a health cover for individuals, the yearly premium has been set at Rs 3320 for an individual below 40 years. For a family floater, unlike regular health products, maternity benefit, psychiatric treatment a nd stem cell transplant is also covered.

Insurance companies use the concept of anti-selection to ensure that a group consists of a mix of people so that other group does not end up compensating for one risky group.

For instance, a group with maximum members above 60 years may be a risky pool with health complications that would lead to claims being regularly paid out of the insurance prenium pool collected from all individuals across the country.

"There is a need to regularly revise the premiums especially since health check-ups are not required. Othewise, it could impact our books since religion-based covers are not exactly similar to a regular group policy," a senior insurance official said.

Currently, large-scale covers for any religious community are not offered by insurance companies though individual churches and gurudwaras do take some member-based personal accident covers.

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First Published on May 1, 2017 12:19 pm
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