Wellness or Fitness Discounts

Your Physical Fitness may get you discounts in your health insurance premium

Few health insurers offer wellness or fitness discounts on renewal premiums in their health insurance schemes. This benefit is provided either as a standard or an additional benefit in their health insurance plans.

How does it work?

You can accumulate wellness or fitness credits as defined by the Insurer’s scheme as mentioned in their policy. Your fitness activities are usually monitored by a wearable device linked to the insurer’s mobile application and credits are accumulated based on the schedule of fitness activities you undertake either on a weekly or a monthly basis.

Based on an established chart, the accumulated credits will attract discounts up to a maximum of 10%, offered by the Insurers when you pay your renewal premium next year.

It is good to be aware of ‘Deductibles’ in your health insurance claim

As per standard industry practice, there are non-payable items in hospital bills under health insurance claims

Health Insurance does not cover 100% of the treatment cost

You should be aware of what is payable and not payable on your hospitalisation claim by your health insurer. All insurers will require an itemised bill for the purpose of processing the claims, whether it is a cashless or a reimbursement claim.

Certain of the items in the bill, charged by the hospital, are not payable by the Insurance Company, as an Industry standard. These non-payable charges in the hospital bill are called ‘Deductibles’.

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Keep the commoner in your daily diet – Ginger to boost immunity

Ginger is a common and indispensable ingredient in our kitchen. An important aromatic spice, it helps us in boosting immunity and keeping us healthy in many ways.

Fresh ginger is rich in gingerol that has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It has multiple health benefits as listed below.

  1. Strengthens immune system
  2. Eases Flu and common cold
  3. Keeps our stomach healthy and eases digestion
  4. Fights Cancer
  5. Helps reduce cholesterol levels
  6. Remedies vomiting
  7. Regulates Blood Sugar level

Ginger soaked in honey and consumed every morning in empty stomach is a traditional practice that gives best results in terms of boosting immunity, keeping our digestive system intact and staying healthy.

Citrus fruits – Rely on Vitamin C to boost your immunity

Citrus fruits like Orange, Lemon, Sweet Lime, Grapes, etc., are excellent sources of Vitamin C that strengthens our body’s ability to fight against diseases that are common. They also contain good amounts of other vitamins and minerals that provide a host of health benefits apart from plant compounds with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

Our body requires regular intake of Vitamin C. So it is important to add various forms of citrus fruits in appropriate levels to our every day diet.

Citrus fruits also contain good amounts of fibers that help in digestive health, reduction of bad cholesterol and aiding weight loss.

They give us the best benefits when they are consumed as whole fruits than in a serving of fruit juice. More sugar per serving of fruit juice will increase calories.

Garlic – G Power to boost up your WBC armoury

Garlic can greatly help boost our immune function!

Garlic is said to contain compounds that help our immune system fight germs. When it is crushed and chewed, it releases sulphur containing compounds, shown to boost the disease-fighting response of certain types of white blood cells (WBC) in our body.

Garlic promotes Phagocytosis, the ability of white blood cells to fight infections. It also stimulates other immune cells such as machrophages and T-cells to fight bacterial and viral infections.

In case if you are averse to consuming raw garlic, it is better to crush or chop them and let them remain for 10 minutes before cooking. It will prevent the loss of its medicinal properties.

South Indian traditional methods also suggests chopped garlic, medium roasted with ghee has good benefits.

Content Reference:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/garlic-fights-colds-and-flu, http://www.perthgarlicfestival.com/Health%20Benefits.htm#:~:text=One%20way%20garlic%20works%20is,to%20scavenge%20for%20cancer%20cells.

Time returns to emphasise ‘Food is Medicine’ – Immunity is the Focus…

We have to indeed thank corona virus for reminding us the importance of Immunity to stay healthy

Our craze for newfound cuisines has long ago pulled us away from our traditional food practices. Traditional Indian food always had all the required ingredients for boosting immunity in our body and keeping us healthy.

It is important that we quickly re-adapt to our traditional food practices to boost our immunity and keep ourselves safe against not just covid, but any such pandemic or other diseases that may surface out in future. It is also important to boost our body’s immune system in order to generally stay healthy and lead a happy life.

We would like to summarize the importance of 5 such ingredients on how they are helpful in boosting immunity!

  1. Citrus Fruits: Many of you know citrus fruits like orange, lemon, sweet lime and grapes are rich in Vitamin C, a nutrient that strengthens our immune system. They also contain good amounts of other nutrients like Vitamin B, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and copper besides being rich in plant compounds that have various health benefits including anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effects.
  2. Ginger: The aromatic spice is a commoner in the Indian Kitchen. Ginger is also a common home medicine for stomachache, vomiting and common cold. The anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties in ginger can improve immunity in our body. Ginger soaked in honey, consumed in empty stomach every morning, is an age-old practice in keeping the digestive systems healthy, boosting our immunity and staying healthy.
  3. Turmeric: For a very long time, turmeric has been one of the most used medicinal spices in India. It has more than 300 nutrients beta-carotene, flavonoids, calcium, iron, ascorbic acid, potassium, zinc, etc. Curcumin, the abundantly available polyphenol in turmeric is anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial in nature with wound healing effects. Turmeric is a powerful immunity booster and an ingredient used time immemorial in Indian cuisines.
  4. Garlic: The best way to make garlic work as an immune booster is to use it in a way that we will chew and eat it. When it is crushed and chewed, ‘allicin’, an ingredient in garlic converts in to sulphur containing compounds that gives it the medicinal properties. These compounds have been shown to boost the disease fighting response of some types of white blood cells of the body.
  5. Almonds: They are forever the best snack. Almonds are high in vitamin E that acts as an anti-oxidant helping the body’s immune system function. They also contain iron and protein that are essential for the immune system. Almonds lower bad cholesterol and are also packed with potassium and magnesium that along with vitamin E ensures free flow of nutrients in the blood.

Do we need Health or Health Insurance?

Though good health is ultimate, considering the ecosystem we are in, one disease and one hospitalisation has the potential to suck our life’s earnings!

Obviously, we need Health. Health is Wealth

Needless to say, being happy by staying healthy is an evident need for everybody, but realized by only a few.

Given the ecosystem most of us are in, does it look like easy to make this particular thing consistent? Can we guarantee it to be consistent all through our lives?

Let us look at a typical Doctor’s Advice to staying healthy,

  1. Keep stress to the minimum – Can we? You can work to keep anything else to the minimum but not this guy.
  2. Exercise Daily – Hmm..Yes! But, not possible all days. Obviously! You know why.
  3. Follow a Proper Work Schedule – Aah! That seems to be improper to our style of work. Many of us have a work schedule, but it smokes with usual firefighting and unscheduled meetings, etc. Ultimately you see only a few ticks or no ticks on your ‘to do’ list.
  4. Eat Healthy – We eat. But, honest to ourselves, do we know if it is healthy? All that looks healthy may not be really.
  5. Get routine Health checks – Come on. With all the above out of focus, it is a real nightmare till we get “all green” in the report.
  6. Get enough sleep – Oh! Yes, this is a boon. We see some of our colleagues have it in abundance, but we are not that fortunate;)

Keeping the humor aside, these are quite doable but looks difficult to follow in the kind of lifestyle we are in. We all know this is a fact!

Have you been to a hospital in the near past, for some reason, say, to visit an ailing relative…?

If you had, a very closer look at the other patients and the crowd, you would have noticed the unimaginable growth trend of diseases, ailments around us. It gives a feeling that what struck our near and dear is nothing compared to what is prevailing.

Guys! Happiness is what we should not lose in our lives. In spite of being diligent in following the “Dos” and “Don’ts”, there is higher than ever probability of diseases and ailments today due to things beyond our control.

At the least, we should keep us financially secure by taking a Health Insurance Policy. Do it at an early age to save some cost!

We are becoming well aware, one disease and one hospital has the potential today to suck our life’s earnings and to push our family and us to a deprived status!

6 reasons why you will need a ‘corona kavach’ health insurance policy

CORONA KAVACH HEALTH INSURANCE OFFERS MANY THINGS THAT MAY NOT BE COVERED IN YOUR BASIC HEALTH INSURANCE COVER

  1. Consumables: In all health insurance policies, expenses related to consumables like PPE kits, oxygen, and consultation fees will not be covered. The ‘corona kavach’ policy covers all these including other related expenses that are considered deductibles under a normal health insurance policy.
  2. Home Care Expenses: Treatment expenses for Home care are allowed in ‘corona kavach’ policy, as there is a possibility that you are advised to undergo treatment for being COVID-19 positive at home. Medical expenses incurred during homecare treatment will be covered up to 14 days under a ‘corona kavach’ policy.
  3. Pre and Post Hospitalisation: Your pre and post hospitalisation expenses, i.e. 15 days before hospitalization and until 30 days after discharge, will be reimbursed under this policy.
  4. If you opt for AYUSH (Alternative Treatments like Ayurvedic, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) treatment, it will be covered as a part of the ‘corona kavach’ policy.
  5. The policy provides for Road Ambulance Cover i.e. transfer from home to hospital or hospital to home, in an ambulance.
  6. Besides, this specialised health insurance comes at a low cost…Why claim and waste the Sum Insured in your basic health insurance cover?..

Though the world is looking at an earlier than expected vaccine for Covid-19, still it is going to take a while before we have it for our use. So, it will make a lot of sense going for an additional ‘corona kavach’ health insurance policy that comes at a low premium.

The specialized insurance policy is available with most of the leading insurers with options for 3.5, 6.5 and 9.5 months tenures.

3 good reasons why you should opt a Hospicash cover

It will be good to have an Insurance which extends daily allowances to cover your extra expenses.

Having a health insurance with appropriate Sum Insured value will help you in getting treatments covered. But, it does not cover your 100% cost of treatment and all related expenses.

Hospital Cash Benefit Cover, either as an additional benefit under a health insurance policy or a separate cover will give you daily cash allowance for a specified period during hospitalisation.

Due to the following reasons, it is best to have an additional hospicash cover:

  1. Certain deductions in health claims are standard.
  2. If you exceed your Room Rent limits, proportionate deductions are applicable in your claims.
  3. You will always have other expenses related to your hospitalisation like costs of travel, food for attenders, etc.

Hospital Cash Benefit cover will extend you daily allowance to cover the expenses as stated above.

Room Rent Limit – Why and how it is important

The limit imposed on the coverage of boarding expenses or room rent, along with nursing fees of the hospital is called room rent limit in health insurance.

The limit imposed on the coverage of boarding expenses or room rent, along with nursing fees of the hospital is called room rent limit in health insurance. The limit is expressed as an absolute amount or as a percentage of Sum Insured or by the category of room. For instance,

  • If the allowed room rent limit in your health plan is ₹5,000, your plan would cover your boarding expenses up to ₹5,000.
  • If the limit is expressed as 2% of the Sum Insured and the chosen Sum Insured is ₹5 Lakhs, your plan would cover your boarding expenses up to ₹10,000.
  • If the limit is expressed by the category of room as Single Private room, then your highest eligible category is Single Private Room.
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