What Are Digital Health Insurance Cards?

What Are Digital Health Insurance Cards?

The advent of technology and increase in digitisation has transformed the way we do business in the country.The healthcare industry is one such sector that has integrated the revolution. The National Digital Health Mission or Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) was launched by the government of India to digitise the healthcare ecosystem. Under this mission, the Digital Health Card India was issued for all citizens. The card stores all their health records securely in one place and can be easily accessed digitally by hospitals, insurers and digital health cardholders. The Digital health ID card was introduced in 2021 to strengthen the digital infrastructure for the healthcare industry. Let’s take a look at what it is exactly, who is eligible, benefits, how to apply, and much more.

What Is a Digital Health Card?

The digital health ID card is an identification card that contains a unique 14-digit number that is assigned to the cardholder. This number is created through the cardholder’s basic details, Aadhaar details, and mobile number. This card is usually used for easily accessing and sharing the cardholder’s digital health records.   

How to Apply Online & Benefits of Digital Health Card

Given below is the procedure to make an online application for the Digital Health Card:

  1. Visit the official ABHA website (https://abha.abdm.gov.in/abha/v3/)
  2. Click on ‘Create ABHA Number’.
  3. Then click on ‘Create your ABHA number using Aadhaar’
  4. Enter your Aadhaar ID number
  5. Click on the declaration, complete the captcha and click next.
  6. Enter the OTP sent to your registered mobile number.
  7. Enter your registered mobile number and click submit.
  8. Verify your details as provided by your Aadhaar ID and click submit.
  9. Your ABHA card will be generated and you can download your ABHA ID.

Note: If you do not wish to use your Aadhaar card for the process, you can also complete the application using your driving license or mobile number. 

Given below are some of the benefits of generating your ABHA ID:

  • Easy Access to Paperless Health Records: With the help of the digital health card, you can easily access your health records digitally from anywhere and anytime.
  • Link Your Health Records: You can easily link your health records to the digital health card and maintain your medical history in one place securely.
  • Digital Access to Healthcare Services: Your digital health ID allows you to consult verified Digi doctors registered on the platform. Also, you can digitally book physical appointments using apps integrated with the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission.
  • Easily Share Your Medical Records: With digital health ID, you can easily share your medical records with your doctors, insurers and hospitals without having to carry the physical copies.
  • Keeps Your Information Secure: The digital platform is secured with encryption so that your information is saved privately and cannot be shared without your consent.
  • Easy to Generate: A digital health ID can be easily generated using your Aadhaar ID and registered mobile number.
  • Not Compulsory: Applying for a digital health ID is not compulsory and if you have registered but do not want to continue you can easily opt out.

Who is Eligible for a Health Card?

An applicant has to fulfill the below given criteria in order to be eligible for the Digital Health card:

  1. An Indian citizen residing in India. NRIs cannot apply for this card.
  2. The applicant has a valid Aadhaar card.
  3. The applicant’s annual family income should be lower than Rs. 2.5 lakhs.

Digital Health Insurance and How to Apply?

Getting an insurance cover will be easier with a digital health ID, as it will allow easy sharing of your medical history with the insurer. Since all the data stored in your health ID will be verified you get easy access to health insurance coverage and faster claim settlement.

Health insurance is a necessity in today’s time. People want to buy health insurance but do not have the time to go to an insurance company’s office, compare various plans and choose one. However, with the help of online platforms and mobile apps, now you can explore various health insurance plans, compare them and finally buy a plan online from the comfort of your home.

Most health insurers now offer cheaper, customisable digital insurance plans on their websites and mobile apps, eliminating physical paperwork and reducing operational costs. Here is how you can apply for a Care health insurance plan online:

  1. Visit the official Care Health Insurance website.
  2. Select a health insurance plan and the required sum insured amount.
  3. Click on ‘Get Quote’ and provide your details.
  4. Customise your health insurance coverage. Include add-on covers if you need them.
  5. You will be redirected to the payment section.
  6. Make the payment and your digital health insurance card will be generated which will contain your name, policy number, policy expiry date and insurer’s details.
  7. You will receive your policy on your registered email ID.

What are Some of the Best Digital Health Insurance Plans?

Care Health Insurance offers a wide range of health insurance plans which you can easily buy online. Some of the most popular Care health insurance plans are

  • Care Supreme is a comprehensive health insurance plan for your family covering major medical expenses. The plan offers the highest cumulative bonus of up to 500% sum insured, unlimited automatic recharge and a range of wellness benefits.
  • Care Advantage is a health insurance plan offering a high sum insured value of up to ₹ 6 cr. It is a plan suitable for large extended families with diverse medical needs.
  • Care Senior is a health insurance plan for senior citizens without any pre-policy medical checkup. The plan is affordable and offers coverage for 540 daycare treatments.
  • Care Freedom is a plan specially designed for individuals with pre-existing diseases with a reduced waiting period. The coverage is offered keeping in mind the unique needs of an individual with a PED.

To Sum it Up!

A digital health ID card can be a great resource for citizens with chronic ailments seeking health insurance and also for insurers to help them process claims faster. It will eliminate the scope of any fraudulent activities and make the process of application and filing a claim transparent. 

>> Also Read: Buy Care Mediclaim Policy Online


The above information is for reference purposes only: Policy Assurance and Claims at the underwriter’s discretion.

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