Health insurance among women growing: Survey

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Mumbai | Published: March 27, 2017 8:31:43 PM

Even as 95 per cent of women are aware of health and fitness, only 74 per cent go for a checkup when they are unwell, according to a recent survey.

When it comes to health insurance, women are on top of their game. (Reuters)

Even as 95 per cent of women are aware of health and fitness, only 74 per cent go for a checkup when they are unwell, according to a recent survey. However, when it comes to health insurance, women are on top of their game — 47 per cent have medical insurance, 65 per cent said they were fully aware of insurance, and 77 per cent said they knew how to submit a claim, according to a ICICI Lombard survey – Women Health and Insurance.

The survey was done among 1,500 housewives, self-employed and working women in the 22-55 year age group from the four metro cities and Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chandigarh and Lucknow. It revealed that more women are taking their health and wellness seriously as 35 per cent said they have not fallen ill in the last six months.

Claims for top five women related ailments are decreasing year on year, it added.

Further, the survey said, there is a change in behaviour towards health insurance amongst women, as 29 per cent surveyed have bought a health insurance policy themselves, which was earlier majorly influenced by fathers and spouses.

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This considerable increase can be a result of a gradual increase in the awareness on policy information, as 65 per cent women are aware if their policy details, it said.

And from these well-aware customers, 77 per cent can make a claim on their policy, it added.

ICICI Lombard GIC is a joint venture between ICICI Bank and Fairfax Financial Holdings, a Canada-based diversified financial services company engaged in general insurance, reinsurance, insurance claims management and investment management.

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