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Health Insurance Scheme: Over 3.41 Crore Cards Issued

As informed by the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA), a study conducted by the National Council of Applied Economic Research, on behalf of IRDA, and based on the survey of 30,200 respondents spread over 29 States and Union Territories, indicate that with regard to health insurance, the level of awareness is quite low since only 54 per cent of the households have heard about this product of insurance.

IRDA has initiated various steps, as indicated below, to enhance consumer awareness, as part of its multi-pronged approach of consumer education under the brand name Birma Bemisaal Campaign:

i)       Sponsoring of consumer awareness seminars through consumer bodies on the subject of health insurance.

ii)      Printing of posters on health insurance and portability.

iii)     Publication of Handbooks on Health Insurance.

iv)     Publication of comic series including Health Insurance.

v)      Animation films of the comic series.

vi)     Launching of Consumer Education website www.policyholder.gov.in.

As per IRDA, State/UT wise information is not available, however, company-wise details of number of persons covered under the health insurance for the last three is as under:

No. of Persons covered in Health Insurance Policy in ˜000

Name of the Company

2009-10

2010-11

2011-12

National

14677

23963

27555

New India

6681

8164

12264

Oriental

5622

11945

17725

United India

10414

23190

25377

Public Total

37394

67263

82921

Star Health

132410

129038

78073

Max Bupa

0

47

215

Apollo Munich

383

897

3119

Bajaj Allianz

668

1022

1376

Bharti AXA

153

21203

515

CHOLA MS

4053

6781

10887

Future Genarli

358

346

245

HDFC ERGO

1010

1516

1162

ICICI Lombard

11434

18320

26713

IFFCO Tokio

47

1744

19997

L&T General

0

0

196

Raheja Qbe

0

0

0

Reliance

1177

908

3126

Royal Sundaram

1469

3466

6274

SBI General

0

0

4

Shriram General

0

0

0

Tata AIG

984

804

3288

Universal

161

187

285

Private Total

154307

186278

155474

Grand Total

191701

253541

228395

Keeping in view the fact that 85% of the work force is engaged in unorganized sector, the Government of India has introduced the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) in 2008 to provide health insurance benefits to the BPL and poor workers. As on 8.3.3013, the coverage under the Scheme through active smart cards is 3,41,73,475.

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