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Health Insurance Plans with Dental Cover

Most health insurance companies in India do not provide separately for dental expenses. Of late, however, a few general health insurance plans cover dental treatment under its general terms of the insurance.

Some of the general insurance policies that cover dental care in India are as under.

1. Individual Health Policies

The individual negotiates the inclusion of dental care with additions if any in the premium payable.

2. Surgery and Critical Illness Policies

There often are standalone policies that cater to specific illnesses and some insurers offer dental surgeries under the critical care category.

3. Family Floater Policies

The family floater policy which covers the number of insured in a family also includes dental care with the risk of the coverage getting exhausted if used up for dental care. Some travel insurance policies cover dental care subsequent to any accident during the travel

4. Insurers Providing Dental Cover in India

While a few prominent insurers like Apollo Munich, Bajaj Allianz, Bharti Axa, and a few others offer dental care by way of surgery or treatment, most insurers exclude hospitalization for dental treatment caused by any accident.

For instance, the Bajaj Allianz Health Insurance policy provides you premium-class healthcare and medical treatment, whilst keeping you financially secure. It has a wide network of 5000+ hospitals, which helps you seek medical aid easily. It is also well known for its highly affordable health insurance plans and claims settlement ratios. You might also save on taxes as this policy comes with a tax benefit under section 80D.

5. Dental Insurance – Global Scenario

As standalone dental insurance is yet to take off in India, a look at how much coverage works in other developed countries may be of interest.

In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) is the cheapest option, though some payment will be needed when dealing with actual dental treatment. Routine dental care may get covered under NHS but if teeth need more care, private dental treatment will be required and dental insurance will cover expenses of NHS treatment and certain levels of private treatment.

Thus in the UK, while simple procedures under NHS get covered under dental care insurance, anything complicated or needing cosmetic improvement if treated even under the NHS, will need extra payment.

In the USA, dental insurance is very common with various options available to the insured, and most dental surgeries, such as the Dentist in Endicott, accept these policies. They are encouraged to assess the need on an individual basis by following a checklist, which gives various options, the costs attached as well as the best payment options. While it can be more nuanced than other countries, learning as much as you can before choosing a policy is wise.

Some of the options/plans available include DHMO (Dental Health Maintenance Organization) Dental Plans, a managed care where a panel of qualified dentists is available for the insured to choose and pay a low monthly premium to receive services free or at reduced costs. There are many different kinds of insurance plans available, from dental insurance for seniors to plans for those who prefer to save for private dental care.

Similar is the PPO (Preferred Provider Organization) Dental Insurance Plan where again the insured selects dentists from a pane land they are free to visit any dentist from the panel.

The Bottom Line

It is generally accepted by health care practitioners that oral care plays an important part in the overall health of an individual. However as costs in dental care are also high like in general health care, it is important to have health insurance coverage for all types of physical ailments including dental care. It is hoped health insurance companies in India will also soon come up with some unique schemes as prevalent in other countries, to make dental treatment manageable.

Ajeet Sharma, the founder of Financegab and a well-known name in the field of financial blogging. Blogging since 2017, he has the expertise and excellent knowledge about personal finance. Financegab is all about personal finance which aims to create awareness among people about personal finance and help them to make smart, well-informed financial decisions.


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