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Most Common Diseases in India: Its Impact on Health Insurance

Neha Gadoo Neha Gadoo 27 January 2017

You may have witnessed that the healthcare industry is constantly revolutionizing with its wide range of products and services. Consumers are gradually turning health conscious. Sadly, excessive work load, fast-paced lifestyles and increasing alterations in the environment have drastically affected the wellness of people in India.

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Medical insurance has thus come to our rescue and is one of the sought-after insurances in India. Fever is among the most common diseases in India. In fact, this has become the second disease for which, people are largely seeking medical insurance benefits.

Fever: The Most Common Disease for Which People Claim Medical Insurance Benefits

According to the ICICI Lombard’s in-house study regarding the insurance policies, it was found that in 2013, the people who were admitted to hospitals for fever rose by a whopping 89%, in contrast with 2012.

Apart from fever, the other common diseases for which claimants of medical insurance increased were gastroenteritis as well as respiratory tract infections. In the year 2013, it was observed that the number of patients in these diseases’ claims were almost twice than 2012. Considering the situation, one can imagine the plight in the present year.

Top Medical Claims Not Restricted to Critical Illnesses Alone

If truth be told, the medical insurance claims have not remained restricted to critical illnesses now. Among the top 10 diseases for which people want medical benefits, is fever. Other infections that have become quite common are also making a place in the list of most common diseases in India.

Insurance experts believe that factors like unseasonal rains or major changes in the weather lead to increase in hospitalization. This was majorly for illnesses related to fever and infections.

Most Common Diseases, Medical Insurance and Factors Affecting Them

Improper nutrition, environmental changes, air pollution and dietary influence lead to fever being the most claimed disease in the medical insurance policy of people. In 2013, most of the medical insurance claims were claimed from Mumbai, followed by Delhi and Bangalore.

Apart from the infectious illnesses, such as, malaria, pneumonia and TB, Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) is also a deadly killer. Besides fever and infections, heart diseases have become the most common ailments in India. Unhealthy lifestyle and dietary habits is the leading cause of such issues.

When it comes to other lifestyle-related common diseases in India, lungs and liver related diseases are not far behind.

Top Killer Diseases in India That Have Become Quite Common

The diseases, for which maximum health insurance claims are taken, include:

  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Respiratory diseases
  • TB
  • Tumors and malignant
  • Digestive diseases
  • Fever and infections (especially malaria)
  • Unintentional Injuries
  • Diarrheal Diseases

Will Your Medical Insurance Cover Such Diseases?

Most plans from reputed private insurance providers in India are all-inclusive. You must understand the hidden clauses that one should understand. It is of paramount importance to browse through the fine print of your policy document. Try to read in between the lines and understand everything carefully.

Once you are through with the terms and conditions, opt for a medical insurance that gives optimum cover. Check if it includes the most common diseases in India, apart from the obvious critical illnesses.

What do insurance experts have to say about this? Improvement in lifestyle and eating habits can implement a considerable change in your health. Thus, it reduces the need of health insurance claims or unnecessary hospitalization.

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Neha Gadoo
Written by Neha Gadoo
Daring and Bold, Neha loves philosophy, trekking and walking bare feet in the rain. Loves talking and can stare out of a car window for hours continuously.