Higher premiums and lack of urgency along with high complexity are the prime reasons for many Indians not buying health insurance, find a survey on the trend among insurance buyers in India.

Lack of affordability, higher premiums, difficulty in understanding health insurance clauses, and insufficient funds, emerged as the main obstruction for people who are willing to buy health insurance, according to the policybazaar.com’s report, titled ‘How India buys Insurance’.

As per the survey, 43 per cent of all the respondents who didn’t take any health insurance cited high premiums as the main reason for not doing so. Out of the total people who participated in the survey, 19% didn’t even understand how a health insurance policy works. 33% of the respondents didn’t find any urgency in purchasing health insurance.

Notably, higher premiums were one of the main reasons for lapse among health insurance lapsers. 47% of the health insurance premiums cited higher health insurance premiums as the main reason.

The report also mentions that health insurance premiums have become very expensive post-COVID pandemic. “In 2021, the country registered the highest medical inflation rate among the Asian countries at 14 percent,” said the report.

2020 witnessed highest number of Health Insurance purchases in the last 5 years

In the report, it was found that most of the respondents in the survey purchased their health insurance in 2020. Out of the total insurers, 22% purchased their insurance in 2020. On the other hand, 5% of the insurers who participated in the survey bought their health insurance in 2022.

93% of people know about health insurance, but only 43% of them own one

The report presented a stark gap between the people who are aware of the importance of health insurance and the people who end up buying one. 93% of the people who took part in the survey were aware of the availability of health insurance policies, and 73% rated health insurance as “very important” to have. However, only 43% of them had an active health insurance policy.

The report received inputs from 3327 respondents coming from 27 cities across India. The fieldwork was conducted from February to March 2023.

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Published: 05 Jul 2023, 02:21 PM IST

What is keeping Indians away from health insurance?

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