Know Everything about Paying Health Insurance Premium in Instalments


Know Everything about Paying Health Insurance Premium in Instalments

The modern living has given us all an unpleasant reminder about diseases and life’s uncertainties. Health insurance is an important investment option to consider in 2021. You can now not only choose a health insurance plans online but also pay your premiums in installments.

As per a recent circular, the Insurance Regulatory and Development and Authority of India (IRDAI) had allowed all the general and standalone health insurance companies to provide policyholders with the option of paying annual health insurance premiums quarterly, monthly and half-yearly instalments With a meager income that can barely cover basic necessities, service-class people face hurdles at every turn due to financial constraints. Loan interest rates are high, and insurance premiums are also high, making them difficult to afford. Hence, it is an effort by IRDAI to offer relief to policyholders, considering the current scenario where many families are facing a financial crunch.

Here’s all you must know about paying medical insurance premiums in installments.

How Will Paying Premium in Instalments Help?

  1. Convenience for the policyholders: Many families with monthly income may find the option of a one-time payment of premium quite challenging. Hence, the new facility to pay the premium in instalments is a welcome move.
  2. Boosts affordability: The option of getting a health insurance cover by paying a premium in instalments is not only convenient, but it is also an affordable choice for the policyholders as there is no need to pay the premium as a lump sum. Further, the new facility will also draw more customers, an advantage for a health insurer.
  3. Coverage: The new guideline is beneficial for those policyholders who would often face the problems of policy lapse due to non-payment of the premium as a result of a cash crunch. The new payment modes will ensure they will have no hassle in getting coverage under their health plans. Moreover, one can now afford a higher coverage which is crucial in present times.
  4. Relaxation Period: In policies with installment options, policyholders will be entitled to a grace period for paying a premium to renew the policy. Care by Care Health Insurance allows a relaxation period of 15 days for each half-yearly or quarterly installment and five days for each installment on a monthly basis.


The move will undoubtedly ease the process of paying the premium by policyholders. However, if a policyholder makes a health insurance claim before paying for all the instalments, then the payable balance amount will be deducted from the admissible claim amount that the insurer has to pay to the insured. Furthermore, this may not apply to claims arising under certain benefits. So, policyholders must read the policy documents carefully. Also, tenure discounts will not be available for an insured person if they have chosen premium payment on an installment basis. In the case of the annual premium, there is no such hassle. So, policyholders can look at the pros and cons of paying health insurance premiums in EMI mode and decide the option that suits them. 

The premium of a health insurance plan will depend on various factors. When calculating the premium, one should also keep in mind the applicable GST rate which is 18%. Policyholders can use an online health insurance premium calculator to get an estimate of the premium amount they have to pay. 

Plan for your family’s future and invest in health insurance. CHIL offers customized health insurance policies to fulfill the healthcare needs of diverse customers. You can opt for the best health cover and pay your premium digitally.

Disclaimer: Plan features, benefits, coverage, and underwriting of claims are subject to policy terms and conditions. Please refer to the brochure, sales prospectus and policy documents carefully.

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