4 benefits of a group health insurance cover from employer !

It is common nowadays for salaried employees working in big companies to have a group health insurance cover from their employer. Some firms provide health cover to the employee, his spouse, and his children while the more generous ones also extend this cover to the employee’s parents.

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In this article, I want to help you understand in some detail, what exactly constitutes group health cover. I will also cover the benefits of group health insurance policies that are not available in the individual health insurance plans one buys directly from health insurance companies.

What is group health insurance ?

The concept of group health insurance is very simple. When you buy health cover policies covering big groups of 50 people or even 500 people, it is termed as group health cover. Normally big organizations would take these policies for their staff.

The good thing about these group health insurance policies is that it can be tailored to the requirement of the proposer (one who is taking the policy) and can be offered as a benefit to their employees. Insurance companies benefit from this arrangement, as they get massive premiums from a single source (imagine how much premium Infosys would pay yearly). The big ticket-size also allows insurance companies to offer more benefits at a relatively lower premium value (How Insurance works – The full business model).

I recommend that everyone have his or her own health insurance apart from employer health cover, but that’s a different topic of discussion. The focus of this article is to highlight some of the good points about group cover and how you can benefit if you fall under such a scheme.

4 advantages of group health cover from employer

1. No Medical Checkup’s

The best part of group health insurance cover from an employer is that there is no requirement of undergoing a medical checkup – both for self and family members. Everyone is covered automatically in the group cover from Day 1 and you can completely avoid the hassle of a medical checkup.

2. Maternity cover from Day 1

This is going to bring smiles on lots of faces! From Day 1, maternity expenses are covered under group medical cover in almost all companies. So if you join a company and if you are part of the health cover benefit scheme, you will get maternity benefits immediately; unlike the individual health cover which has timing limitations.

3. No Waiting period Concept

Another great feature of group health insurance is that there is no concept of waiting period for any illness. Even pre-existing illness are covered under group cover. So if your parents are suffering from some illness such as diabetes or heart ailments, it gets covered from Day 1. This is never the case with individual health cover that you buy on your own. Again, this exception is only made possible through the dynamics of group health cover that I explained earlier.

4. More Cost Effective because its a group cover

Like I mentioned in the beginning or this article, because of economies of scale, the premium per insured person is very low for group health insurance policies. Hence, if your employer is providing you a group health cover, it makes sense to apply for it, even if you have to pay the premiums yourself.

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How to fit in Group Health Cover in your overall Health Insurance Portfolio ?

So now the question is how should a group health insurance cover find a place in your overall health insurance portfolio? While we have seen advantages of group health insurance, in the same way there are lots of disadvantage of the group health insurance. The first importance should be given to having your own individual health insurance policy so that the complete control is in your hands, not your employer. While group health insurance from employer is great, but look at it as secondary option, not primary for the reasons I have mentioned in this article.

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So, make sure you do not depend 100% on employers health insurance because it can stop anytime, it will not be available for long term after your retirement.

Do you want to share any insight on this topic or your views?

58 CommentsAdd Comment

  1. Sushil


    I am looking for health cover for my family
    details below
    Self age – 38
    Spouse – 37
    Son – 14
    Daughter -9

    Coverage for 5 lakhs and floater
    I am a diabetic on medicines for last 5 years

    Kindly advise some good policy

  2. rameshsaraf

    I,48 years Male, under went cardiac bye pass surgery 14 yrs ago. now i am covered in a group health insurance policy of Royal Sundaram (TPA- MEDI-ASSIST), which was provided by my son’s employer.
    Now, i want to know that in case of my hospitalisation, will exclusion on basis of pre exixting dieseses apply.
    pl guide me

  3. C Shridhar

    Hi Manish,

    I have a Group Medical Insurance of Rs. 5 lakhs from our company. I wanted your advice on whether we should still have another Insurance as a back up?

    Thanks for your time in answering this.

  4. dilip

    Hi Manish,

    I have simple question in my mind that these are the very useful benefits, then why should not all the company have Group Insurance?

    What is the reason that employers are not interested to take Group Insurance?

  5. Good article Manish. One thing I observed is some of the employers still cover parents of the employee (upto 3 family members including parents). Getting health insurance for senior citizens would cost very high. However thru employer health insurance, this comes automatically without any issue. I felt this is one of the unique feature. However these days employers have become clever and they are negotaiting with insurance companies to remove parents from employee health insurance policy which is bad.

  6. Amaresh Nabar

    Hi Manish, I have health insurance of 1.5 L provided by my employer without any premium. Do employers charge any premium from the employees?

  7. Vijay

    The claim process is certainly more hassle free with group insurance. A friend had to undergo a minor surgery while travelling. She couldn’t inform the insurance provider but submitted all the bills etc with the her office after almost a week or so….no further follow up required, no annoyances faced, no further forms required….the claim was settled in less than a month…

  8. Parambir Singh

    Yes, claim is very fast and easy. But main role is again of the concerned employee. No interference required by the HR of the company. Just contact directly to claim department at every situation i.e. receiving of courier, reports correctness and claim status through customer care and concerned department. The employee definitely receive the claim amount at the earliest. I got sanction the claim amount less than 40 days from oriental group insurance, but got credited amount little bit late like 10 days from my HR department again after regular follow up.

  9. gaurav gupta

    if one’s employer d’t provide with group insurance. one can be part in others’ like offered be certain financial institution viz,. cards, mutual funds, advisory services etc.
    Obviously again as said control ‘ll lie with a proposer as they change terms coverage, insurance agency etc. or might stop partnership.
    for that case i think it is better to have a mix of personal(30-40%) & group insurance

      • gaurav gupta

        thnx manish ji.
        long term implications? is there any CATCH in it.
        obviously i m trying to reduce premium along with a backup(in case one d’t wrk out). what i had suggested is based on observing past track for ex. if u r associated to a card(without default) as long as u r part of it u ‘ll certainly get these benifits. and in case of casulties shall be born by both though i have seen somewhere IRDA had passed a regulation that instead of settling claim in parts 1 company has to process every thing & other is compleed to share its share with first company.
        what do u say abt this.

  10. Informative and well written. Your post and related articles does its bit in creating awareness on the benefits of health insurance and group policies, especially in a country like ours where only about 15 % of the total population have a health cover.

  11. Dipak

    Can u suggest which company offer best group health insurance plan.
    Our employer is looking for group health insurance for 113 employees.

    • Parambir Singh Sandhu

      Hi Dipak,

      Oriental is the best company to have group insurance. Because they are at no.1 for hassle free claims and easy to the employee for their feedback. Premium is very low as compare to others.
      Religare is also good after Oriental, because they have more features in their group policy. But it depends on your company’s requirements. I will suggest you to choose the Oriental Insurance Company.

  12. Kshitij_Peter

    Good article, though the group insurance has its drawbacks like individual limits. Also, unlike in US where you have company insurance cover for 1 year after you leave the job – in India the cover goes off the moment you leave the job.

  13. Sushil

    Unfortunately, the company in which i am working do not offer any group medical insurance facility for its employees though it is the largest telecom company of India and that too backed by Govt of India……….Yes i m talking about B**L which do not have any such facility

  14. Sudheep

    Hi Manish/Mahavir
    I had a family floater policy from my employer(for which i had to pay a premium).
    My last working day in present company is 4 march 2014.
    My mother hospitalized and undergone a surgery on 28-2-14.
    My cash less claim was approved.
    I need to know what happened if mother is not discharged on/before 4-3-14.
    Does I get coverage upto 4-3-2014?
    Whether I have to inform hospital that I have resined from 4-3-14?(Does there any complication after cashless approval in future)?
    Please give me a reply asap.

    • If cashless claim is already accepted , I dont think you need to worry .. becasue you can always tell hospital , the once the cashless is accepted, then company will pay that !

  15. Dhinesh A

    Thanks Manish for sharing this. I have a question here. Is Giving Group Health insurance cover for their employee mandatory for an organization? Is this comes under any rule derived by government?

  16. NarasimhaReddy

    Hi Manish,
    I am looking for a Heath Insurance for my Family for 5 lakshs (Me , spouse and2 year old Daughter) . When i enquired about the claims in some hospitals as said by sreeni i came to know that many Govt sector Insurance companies are not providing proper approvals.

    I am looking for the below points.

    1) NO Room charges. Complete coverage of room charges
    2) Complete coverage of ICU Charges
    3) Organ donar Charges to certain extent
    4) Medical Checkup every Year
    5) NO Claim Bonus

    I feel below suits best.Please suggest

    1) Apollo Munich
    2) Max Bupa
    3) Religare Care

    I am bening towards Religare care as it is covering all above mentioned points and also the premium is reasonable. Please advise.

    • dinesh jain

      Dear Narasimhareddy,

      Yes, you are right. As per your requirement RELIGARE will suits you the best.

      From your above 1st point what i could understood was that in case of room rent, you do not want any kind of restriction.

      If that is the case then let me tell you that RELIGARE is have capping in room rent in term of “ROOM CATEGORY” which is better than capping in terms of % of sum insured

      • NarasimhaReddy

        Thanks Dinesh Jain.

        I have also heard baout L&T Health Insurance. Does it a right option over Religare Care. Please share your ideas if you have any on L&T.


    • True that if you directly deal with govt companies, some issue will happen because of the govt thing .. But if you have a good TPA in between , then there should not be a lot of issue . So from that angle, have a look at Oriental .

      But surely Religare is one very good option !

  17. Sreeni Jakkula

    Hi Manish,

    Taking personal health insurance is always better and we have tax benefit as well. Self its 15,000 and for parents 20,000 we can claim for tax.

    Which health insurance policies you would prefer for personal? Apollo near my home said Govt insurances like Oriental & New India would not approve immediately. Better to go for Apollo munich or Bajaj or Icici Lombard or HDFC Ergo

    Many Thanks, Sreeni Jakkula

  18. NarasimhaReddy

    Nice artice..I too agree with the Manish…It is very beneficial to have group insurnace and at the same time have a persoanl health Insurance on the safer side as said at any time u may not have the Group insurnace … Company may take away that policy..or you have resigned and you are about to join the another comnpany and in that transition period some thing has happened or etc…

  19. Kranti Goyal

    Hi Manish,

    One more advantage is that hassle free claim reimbursement from insurance companies. Yes it is employee responsibility to file a claim but if any delay is happening from insurance company or any issue arises then employer is on your side to take care of this. This is also enforce to insurance company to resolve issue as soon as possible.

    Thanks and Regards
    Kranti Goyal

    • Thanks for sharing that Kranti

      Have you had any personal experience ? I am not sure how much helpful is employer here, becaues the claim process etc will happen from TPA only, yes, but in worst case employer might come into picture if there is any issue.


      • Kranti Goyal

        Hi Manish,

        One of my friend has this issue with TPA where TPA is unnecessarily delay his case for some reason. They are not claiming some part of expenses and saying this is as per insurance policy. Whereas there is nothing mentioned about this in medical policy documents shared by employer. After involvement of HR team they settle his case.

        Thanks and Regards
        Kranti Goyal

          • vaibhav

            I agree with Kranti.

            My employer has appointed a full time Medical Officer who handles different activities, one of which is he is a single point of contact for employees for the purpose of claim settlement. Being from a medical field he is the best person to choose the right policy and provider, understand the terms and conditions, negotiate with TPA in case of delay or dishonour the claims, etc. and I have examples from my colleagues to support this.


      • vivek

        Indeed its very hastle free. I just had to fill a simple form along with all the bills sent to my employer and it was reimbursed to me within 10 days.

        • But thats medical reimbursement faciltiy . Its totally different thing that what we are discussing in this article . We are talking about health insurance facility in this article !

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