Tax on health insurance: deduction, benefits and unknown facts

Tax on health insurance: Health insurance is a necessity now a days due to increasing health issues and also how we can forget about Covid. Many insurance companies offers various type of health insurance. various type of health insurance policies are:

S.NoTypes of Health Insurance PoliciesIdeal for
1Individual Health Insurance PlanSingle/individual person
2Family Floater Health Insurance PlanFamily, including spouse, children, and parents
3Senior Citizen Health Insurance PlanPeople above 65 years of age
4Critical Illness Insurance PlanFinancial protection against expensive treatment for critical illness
5Group Health Insurance PlanGroup of people, such as a company’s employees
6Top-up Health Insurance PlanThose looking for additional medical coverage up to a certain amount
7Personal Accident CoverThose looking to insure partial/total disability and death due to an accident
8Maternity Health Insurance PlanCovering expenses incurred in the prenatal stage, delivery and post-natal stage
9Mediclaim Insurance PlanIn-patient expenses
10Disease-specific (Corona Kavach, etc.)Those looking to cover pandemic-specific health conditions

Tax benefit of Health Insurance

Under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act, taxpayers get tax exemption on the premium paid for health insurance. The exemption is from Rs 25,000 up to Rs 1 lakh in a financial year. Tax deduction can be claimed by the taxpayer who has paid a health insurance premium of Rs 25,000 in a year and is less than 60 years of age.

On the other hand, if the taxpayer is paying the premium for the health insurance of his parents and is below the age of 60 years, then he gets an additional exemption of Rs 25,000.

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If taxpayers’ parents are senior citizens and the taxpayer is paying the premium for their health insurance, then they can get a deduction in income tax of Rs 50,000. However, the taxpayer and their parents should have to buy separate health insurance. 

On the other hand, if the taxpayer is a senior citizen, then the exemption of Rs 25,000 can reach up to Rs 1 lakh.

tax on health insurance

Please note that ‘family’ under this section includes only the spouse and dependent children.

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Tax Benefits for Multi-year Insurance Policy

In a multi-year medical insurance plan, the amount of premium remains the same throughout the policy period. Hence, you can protect yourself from a potential increase in premiums during renewals. As for the tax exemption for the multi-year plan, you can claim it every year.

For example: if you have paid Rs. 45,000 for a three-year long-term health insurance plan, you can claim tax exemptions of Rs. 15,000 for each year.

Preventive Health Check-Up Expenditure

It is like a regular health check-up conducted once or twice every year by your physician or general practitioner. The government introduced deduction under preventive health checkup to encourage people more towards protection of their health. The cumulative amount of deduction for this check-up is maximum Rs. 5,000. Even cash payment for this expenditure is eligible for section 80D deduction.

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Tips to check before you finalize your Health Insurance Plan

There are many health insurance companies in the market, choosing one health insurance plan according to your needs can be tough task. But here is a quick checklist to consider before you finalize your insurance product:

  • Be sure of the Sum Insured chosen. Think about whether it will be sufficient for you or your family members.
  • Set the right Sum Insured limit for your dependent parents.
  • Choose the plan with the minimum waiting period.
  • Check for the maximum age-renewal.
  • Buy health insurance policy from the companies that have a fast claim settlement ratio.
  • Choose the insurance company that has the widest network of the hospital on their list.

Health Insurance Premium – mode of payment

Following are the ways you can pay for the premium of the medical insurance plan. Please note, cash payments will not be eligible for tax benefits.

  • Online – Net Banking (Debit/Credit)
  • Cheque
  • Cash
  • Demand Draft

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Difference between sections 80D, 80DD, 80DDB and 80U

PurposeMedical Insurance & Medical expenditureMedical treatment of a disabled dependentMedical Treatment of Self/ Dependant for specified diseasesMedical treatment of disabled assessee (self)
Maximum Limit1,00,00075,000(non-severe disability) 1,25,000(severe disability)40,000(age < 60), 1,00,000 (age 60 or above)

or amount spent

whichever is less
75,000(non-severe disability)

1,25,000(severe disability)
Type of assesseeIndividual/ HUFResident Individual/ HUFResident Individual/ HUFResident Individual

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