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Edelweiss Tokio Life offers critical illness cover of Rs 1 cr

Beena Parmar Mumbai | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on March 30, 2015

HEALTH-INSURANCE

Cover up to Rs 1 crore, multiclaim up to 3 times and covers 17 critical illnesses

 



Edelweiss Tokio Life, the life insurance arm of Edelweiss Financial Services Ltd today launched Edelweiss Tokio Life -- CritiCare+, a critical illness cover, with a higher coverage amount of up to Rs 1 crore and a multi claim of up to 3 times for different illnesses.

“Edelweiss Tokio Life – CritiCare+ is an individual, non-linked, non-participating Critical Illness (CI) standalone plan with two options namely Single Claim option where on the onset of a critical illness the sum is paid and the policy terminates. The second option is a Multiclaim Option which allows cover to continue for unrelated conditions even after a claim has been paid under the policy. Life assured can claim up to 3 times, subject to a one-year waiting period between each claim, after which the policy terminates.  The premium amount is guaranteed for the first five policy years and may be reviewable afterwards,” the insurance firm said in a statement.

The life assured can claim up to 3 times for critical illnesses from different groups after which the policy terminates, subject to a 365 days waiting period between each claim. A critical illness rider is attached to the base product and hence is dependent on your continuation of the base product. This plan allows you to independently cover yourself for critical illness and that too at a higher sum assured, it covers more critical illnesses and also allows for multi-claim options which a rider does not.

It covers 17 illnesses and treatments including cancer, kidney failure, heart attack, coma, organ transplant, paralysis, major burns, open-heart surgery, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, etc under the plan. Treatments like dialysis or chemotherapy are prolonged and expensive (at least Rs. 20,000 per month for dialysis, for instance) and it is at times like these that a critical illness plan can provide the buffer that can make these expenses manageable.

The statement added that the claim for critical illness will only be accepted if the illness has occurred after 90 days from the date of issue/date of revival of the policy. “The life insured should survive for 28 more days following the date of confirmed diagnosis. The diagnosis is confirmed once it is established through medical tests or is certified by a medical practitioner. A 365 days waiting period shall apply between successive claims. This means that after the first and second critical illness claim, the life assured would need to wait 365 days before benefits for the remaining critical illness groups are reinstated.”

The product also offers tax benefits. The premium is deductible from taxable income under section 80D, over and above the Rs 1.5 Lakh under Section 80C. The claim amount is also non taxable.

Deepak Mittal, MD & CEO, Edelweiss Tokio Life said, “The incidences of Critical Illnesses have considerably gone up over the years and the advancements in science and medical facilities have provided an opportunity to continue living a normal life even after recovery. At Edelweiss Tokio Life what we understood is that the burden on such an individual is not limited to only hospitalisation expenses, but the loss of income and the imperative need to pay off debts, other treatment costs and such exigencies. Criticare+ provides a lump sum benefit up to Rs 1 crore to ensure that all financial needs are taken care of when a critical illness is diagnosed.”

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Published on March 30, 2015
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