Best Health Insurance Comparison Websites / Portals

We all know that medical treatment has got more expensive, is getting more expensive and may continue to be more expensive. Health care has become a costly affair. We should have health insurance to protect us from extra financial burden during medical emergencies.

Whether you are self-employed or salaried, your family and you should have a stand-alone health insurance policy (even if you have an employer’s group medical cover).

Health Insurance or Mediclaim policies are offered by General or Non-life insurance companies in India. There are around 24 General insurance companies in India. 4 out of 24 companies are stand-alone health insurance companies (Star health, Max Bupa, Religare Health and Apollo Munich).

When it comes to health insurance, there is no one-size fits-all plan that you can rely on. Medical Insurance is a contract based policy with legal jargon thrown in. Besides this, a Health Insurance policy has medical terminologies. Of the numerous medical insurance plans in the market, you may find that each one is unique in some way or the other, with its own benefits and limitations.

You have to do lot of research before you find the right and best health insurance plan for you. You have to make a comparison of health insurance plans offered by multiple companies. This is where I believe that health insurance comparison websites could be very beneficial.

Top Health Insurance Comparison Websites / Portals

Below are some of my personal favorite Medical or Health Insurance comparison portals :

1)Coverfox.com

This portal is owned by Coverfox Insurance Broking Pvt Ltd. As per my experience, it is the most user-friendly health insurance comparison portal. It provides geo-mapped hospital network comparison to check if ‘cashless treatment facility’ is available at the hospitals located in your area (these search results are provided based on the PIN Code).

There is no need to give personal details like email / mobile number to get the comparison search results, which I feel is a very useful feature of this portal.

You can filter the search results based on premium, room rent limit, co-pay clause, pre-existing diseases or based on the preferred company.

health insurance comparison websites coverfox

If you click on ‘know more‘ option (as highlighted in the above image) you can find more details of ‘what is covered?‘ and ‘what is not covered?‘ in the selected health insurance plan. You can hover over ‘cashless treatment available at’ option to get details of networked hospitals list (as shown in the below image). Plan’s product brochure / policy wordings are also provided under the link ‘read complete terms..’ option. You can buy shortlisted health insurance plan online.

health insurance comparison websites coverfox details

2) Medimanage.com

Medimanage is owned by Medimanage Insurance Broking Pvt. Ltd. It is India’s first boutique health insurance broker and company claims itself to be the No. 1 Health Insurance Broker in India.

This portal will show you shortlisted health insurance plans based on your requirements. You can find details like room rent limit, co-pay, renewal age and premium under ‘decision table’. Hover over ‘read review’ to know the positives and negatives of a specific medical insurance plan. You can also compare multiple plans based on certain features. You can buy shortlisted health insurance plan online through this portal also.

health insurance comparison websites medimanage details

3) Myinsuranceclub.com

This is India’s first IRDA approved insurance comparison site. You have to provide your personal details like email / phone no but no OTP (one-time password) is sent to your mobile. You may choose to give some dummy contact details to get the list of health insurance plans.

You can find details about plan specific key features by clicking on ‘+’ option. You can also download Policy brochure and policy wordings documents through this option.

If you ‘shortlist’ a plan, the company’s representative may contact you for completing the purchase.

health insurance comparison websites myinsuranceclub details

4) Bankbazaar.com

You can find coverage details and critical factors of the medical insurance plans under ‘details’ section. Product brochures are also provided. You also have the option to compare shortlisted health insurance plans.

health insurance comparison websites bankbazaar details

Some more Health Insurance Comparison Websites are as below;

  • Policybazaar
  • Policylitmus
  • Policybachat
  • Policyx
  • Easypolicy

On portals like Policybachat, Policyx or Policybazaar , it is mandatory to provide a valid mobile number to get the premium quotes of various medical insurance plans. An OTP (one time password) is sent to the mobile number for verification purpose. Personally, I do not like to share my contact details before I could shortlist a plan.

Few points to ponder upon

  • After shortlisting a medical plan, suggest you to visit the insurance company’s website and go through the latest product brochure and policy wordings.
  • Online purchase through these portals is optional. You may utilize these portals to just compare and get the knowledge about the various medical plans at one place.
  • If you decide to buy through any of these medical insurance comparison portals or aggregators, stay cautious if they try to hard-sell any ONE company’s product(s) only.
  • Do check out if they assist you during ‘claim settlement’ time.
  • Make sure the comparison portal is offering you a wider choice.
  • Check with them if they charge extra service fee, over and above the insurance premium.
  • Whether you buy through the Health Insurance Comparison Websites or through a trusted Insurance agent, make sure you go through and understand the key features of short listed plans. These critical features can be like hospital room eligibility, co-payment clause, maternity clause, Pre-existing diseases clause, sub-limits, non-allopathic treatment cover, policy renewal clause, free health-check up details, day-care procedures, if pre / post hospitalization expenses are covered etc.,

My suggestion is that all insurance must be purchased only after suitable research is done, irrespective of the purchase being done through an agent or online.

I hope you find this post informative. Kindly share your comments.

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  • Manish Kumar says:

    Very well written, and got some information, which I was not aware of. Thanks a lot for making aware us of nitty gritty of financial planning.

  • pardeep says:

    sir .my name is pardeep azad Singh and my age is now 24-25 ..and my monthly income is 20thousand …I went to make a policy for 5-6 years…what policy is good for me…

  • Pramod tiwari says:

    While taking a health policy with any company , i am always confused in the TRUST part. When you go to them for a claim for any disease like cancer or tumour, they always have the right to say that it was a preexisting disease, so it cant be claimed. Isn’t true?

    • Dear Pramod,
      If that’s the case then health insurance industry would have been a history by now, let’s not generalize it.
      Can’t call it as their RIGHT, if it is so they may have to prove it.

  • RANJEET says:

    Sir, I checked the health insurance plan in these website, but there is not mention of Companies like LIC,other public sectors. would you please guide me which plan is best provided by public sector companies.

    • Dear RANJEET ..Kindly note that LIC offers life insurance policies and it is a life insurance company and not a General insurance company.
      The public sector General or non-Life insurance companies are National Insurance, Oriental, United India, etc.,

  • Anand says:

    Hello Sreekanth,

    Just wanted to drop a note of thanks and let you know that your blogs are very well written and are extremely useful. You’ve helped me select my health insurance plan. Thank you, again.

    /rgds

    • Sreekanth Reddy says:

      Dear Anand..Thank you so much for your appreciation and kind words. Kindly share the articles with your friends and keep visiting 🙂

  • dipankar roy chowdhury says:

    Dear Sir,
    This is continuation of the query just posted.I just forgot to report that in last six years ,we underwent no serious illness warranting to lodge a claim under this Baroda Health Policy

  • dipankar roy chowdhury says:

    Dear Sreekanth,
    My wife ,aged 59 ,being account holder of BOB,is having Baroda Health Policy for last six years which also covers me as a spouse.I am now 66 years of age.The Yearly Premium is Rs.7214/- for Rs. 5.0Lakh coverage.Should we have go for additional cover ? Only I have sugar marginally high and taking medicine(Metformin) for it.As I am also an account holder of BOB now ,should I take a similar Baroda Health policy which is under National Insurance Co.If both these two policies are in force,do we get double coverage i.e. Rs.10 Lakh? Kindly advice on Baroda Health Policy with particular reference to our queries.
    Thanking you in anticipation,
    DIPANKAR ROY CHOWDHURY

  • Krunal Desai says:

    Also,while looking for comparison it seems that most of the comparison websites promote specific companies with whom they get most of promotion funding. Thus, looking for some honest suggestions Thanks !

  • Manoj Kumar says:

    Dear Sree,

    I am a 38 years man, working in a private company for 10 years. I want to make a mediclaim policy of 2-3 lakhs (max) for my family spouse34, 14,7. I am diabetic, and hypertension as well, but only takes medicines (no insulin injection). Which policy will be better for us? what are the hidden clause that I should look into?

    Please suggest best cheap and best medicalaim policy asap.

  • amanpreet says:

    Hi,
    I have an existing company policy of Cigna TTK – which covers my parents and me for Rs. 2.5 Lac expenses.
    I wanted to buy a Super top up plan for them – they are aged – 60 and 61 right now.
    1. If I disocntinue with employer – will the super top up plan hold on its own ? without a base policy – i want insurance to ahve this flexibility
    2. I found https://goo.gl/RkTVzS but
    a. None of them provide Domicliry treatment. Not even my base policy so I am kind of stuck here .
    b. I am not sure if the less premium one Rs. 28K approx – L&T insurance is good or not? I mean does it settle claims easily. Am I missing any sublimits that they may have.
    c. Room rent limit – My base policy haas but top policy dont have. What happens in that case with the overall bill if it enters scenario 4 – i.e. expenses go beyond base sum assured

    3. Should I go for a new polciy altogether considering the base polcciy has 3 main restrictions –
    a. room rent limit
    b. No domcialiry support
    c. Less cover

    Waiting for a detailed reply.

    Thanks Much
    amanpreet

    • Dear Amanpreet,
      1 – Yes. But kindly note that you have to bear the expenses (if any) till the threshold limit. If you are not comfortable, consider buying seperate mediclaim policies or family floater plan (if they do not have any health complaints) and then a Super top up plan.
      2 – You may have to go through the respective Plan brochures, policy wordings & terms & conditions documents to have clear idea about sub-limits or any other clauses. Kindly get in touch with the customer care of respective companies as well. I believe that Max normal mediclaim policies have no sub-limit clauses.
      3 – Advisable (YES).

  • Shambhu Jha says:

    good website, very helpful…thanks..Shreekant

  • Saurabh Sen says:

    Dear Sree,

    I am a 26 years man, working in a private company for 3 years. I want to make a mediclaim policy of 2 lakhs (max) for my grandmother aged around 75-80 yrs. She is diabetic, and hypertension as well, but only takes medicines (no insulin injection). Which policy will be better for her? what are the hidden clause that I should look into?

    At such an old age, I want the coverage to start asap without waiting for 3-4 years.
    Also, I have another query. Let consider an example: I have a policy of 2 lakh. She have been hospitalized and the total expenses are 1.5 lakh. The insurance compny will reimburse the full amount, or will pay a part of it (like 25% of surgeon/doctor, y% of ICU, z% of medicines, etc.) If so, I should I proceed?

    In pre-hospitalization charges, what are the things that are usually covered? Are there conditions applied as well.

    • Dear Saurabh,
      You may suggest her Senior citizen specific plans or Diabetic specific plans.
      Star / ICICI Lombard / Apollo Munich offer diabetic specific plans. Kindly check them out.
      Read below articles;
      Best Health Insurance plans for Senior citizens.
      Best portals to compare health plans.
      Evaluate these factors before buying a health plan.

      • surekha says:

        dear sir.please tell me the insurance plan which cover preexisting diseases.my husband had benign brain tumor undergone surgery 1 yr back.it is benign not cancer.now he is fine.i want to take family floater for my husband of 30yrs,mine of 28yrs and my son of 1yr.please tell suggestion sir.i enquired few insurance companies but they rejected for my husband

        • Dear surekha,
          Suggest you take Family floater for Self & your kid.
          Kindly read : Best Family Floater Health insurance plans.
          And a separate Mediclaim plan for your husband.
          It is very tough for me to suggest a plan which can cover the said medical complication. You may have to kindly contact few more companies by yourself and check out.

        • radhakrishna shastry says:

          just go to any Branch of Canara bank/syndicate bank and open an SB.account with 1000/- and all account holders of the respective bank can get health insurance for family for INR 8ooo/-roughly annual premium for 5L family floater cover without any room rent..etc conditions. no health check is needed for avail cover and after 3 years all preexisting deceases are covered. probably the best plan in the world if u ask me. i hv made aound 15 claims in my last 10 years for my family and friends. no problems at all as all these are serviced by reputed TPAs. Insurance is given by United india insurance. Person with any/all bad health will be given policy without extra loading.

          request reddy to write on article on bankassurance as it is very cheap and simple products without any health check and cover/entry age upto 80 years in punjab national bank and oriental bank of commerce. 5L cover for 7000/premium for 79 years old person. is it not the best? since all are from public sector enterprises no cheating/false claims..etc

          • Dear radhakrishna,
            Will surely try to publish an article on the suggested topic. Thank you!
            But cheap may not always be the best!, especially in health insurance.
            Selecting a health plan involves lot of home work and it depends on the requirements of the person/family who are taking it.

  • ravi says:

    Hi Sreekanth,

    Though I logged, my question was still under moderator review since yesterday morning. So i thought of posting here:

    I have 75L HDFC Click 2 Protect Plus term insurance without any riders. My employer provide 5L insurance to my family including mother. I’m planning to take personal accident insurance and health insurance.

    1.Personal accident insurance: Apollo Munich standard seems to provide more insurance coverage compared to others. So for 4 people(me+spouse+2kids) yearly premium is coming around ~10k for 50L coverage. In case of permanent disability, its possible that I might be out of work totally for the rest of my life. In such cases SA would be 50L, which is not at all sufficient to continue same life style (monthly expenses, kids education, home loan etc..). Then what is the use of this policy?

    2.Health insurance: It seems I cannot include my mother in the family floater. So health insurance for 4 of us + separate insurance for mother is appr coming around 16K(5L coverage) + 12K(3L coverage) = ~28 K per yr.

    so my yearly expenses only for insurances are:
    Term insurance = ~11K
    Health insurance = ~28K
    PA policy = ~10k
    Total = ~50K

    So appr i will have to spend ~50K only for insurances. This seems to be heavy on pockets. Is this how it works? am I thinking in right direction?

    I’m confused, please share your thoughts.

  • JAGJIT says:

    dear sreekanth

    really impresive site
    kindly post DETAILED COMPARISON of health plans of CIGNA TTK and MAXBUPA

  • Debiprasad says:

    Hi Sreekanth,

    I am looking for a health insurance for my mother who is 56 year old. She is diabetic but under control.
    I already have 2 lakh coverage for her from my employer.

    Can you please suggest best health insurance plan for her.

    Thanks
    Debi

  • DEBAJYOTI TAPADAR says:

    dear sreekanth i have a health insurance for my family (family health optima from star health) of 4 lakhs.i want to increase the sum to 10 lakhs.what is your suggestion whether to buy a 2nd insurance policy from another company or increase the star health sum assured.if i buy a 2nd one ,then in case of any medical needs will both the company will provide cashless .pl suggest if 10 lakhs is sufficient (my family is 3 persons me,my wife and 7 yrs old daughter).
    2. i have also decided to buy a term insurance plan of 1 cr from met life mera term plan.whether to include my wife to the same plan or buy a separate one for her.
    3. regarding accidental insurance plan i am with appolo munich with 50 lakhs cover. now confused again whether to include my wife in the same plan(she will get 25 l cover) or to buy a separate plan for her.we r both doctors and in a low risk category.
    pl suggest

  • Satish says:

    Dear Sreekanth,
    Me and wife both diagnosed recently with sugar and on medications. Pre-existing disease not covered for 3-4 years. I am bit confused, that means we cannot claim for that particular disease or total claim free years??!!.
    If we do not claim for any ailment at all ,then “No claim bonus” added during this period ?Kindly clarify.
    Should I include my mother in family or take separate policy?
    Appreciate your advice.

  • sai krishna says:

    Dear Srikanth,

    I am Sai Krishna ,M29 . Wife F25 and 2 year old Kid. I stay with my parents of age M56 and F 47 . Request you to pls guide me on following queries.

    1. Is it necessary to have a base insurance plan(personal/or through employer) for buying super top up plan or i can pay from my pocket for deductible amount before claiming balance amount through super top up ?

    2. I have a insurance cover of 3 lacs from my employer including my dependents . Do you still suggest to go for personal health insurance policy or should i consider only buying a Super Top up cover.

    3. If i have to take separate base health cover , should i take it separate one for my parents and for me, my wife and kid ?
    4. If Yes for above , which one i should consider . Pls suggest .

    Thanks in advance.

    • Dear sai,
      1 – It is not mandatory to have base or group policy to buy a Super Top up plan.
      2 – Suggest you to buy an independent health plan and then a Super Top up plan.
      3 – Yes.
      Read:
      Best Family floater health insurance plans.

      • Sai krishna says:

        Thank you srikanth.

        For a Base plan of 5 L cover and top up for 25 L cover …. It is working out as under.

        1. 16 thousand for me,wife and kid.

        2. For my parents , 40 thousand. This seems to be burdent on my pocket. Can i go for only top up plan for my parents instead of base plan … Because , i have option to use total 3 lacs cover provided by my company . And then i am planning to take a top up plan with deductable of 4 lacs and cover of 25 lacs..

        Is there any disadvantage in this plan ? pls suggest ..

  • amit nai says:

    How is ICICI Prudential iprotect all in one insurance plan ? I am looking for buy it

  • jagannath says:

    Hi Sreekanth,

    I am 43 years do not have any health problems as on now and my wife is 43 she is diabetic and has high BP. Can you please suggest me a good health insurance plan for us.Please reply me to my mail address

  • Sanjeev says:

    Hi

    Can somebody suggests me a good portal development co. who have developed
    insurance comparison portal or any experienced person with experience of
    developing such comparison website may contact us.

    We are developing similar kind of portal.

    Sanjeev
    Mobile: 9650727458

  • bkmurthy says:

    Many insurers create problems during claim settlement to avoid paying. There should be an integrity rating for each insurer.

  • bkmurthy says:

    Medimanage covers very few plans. We need a portal that covers all plans.

  • MITHUN SARKAR says:

    Hi SREEKANT
    I am a school teacher under west bengal govt. I want to invest in SIP for 10 years and my target is to get near about 1 cr. INR . I have 2 nos. LIC with a mothly installment of 2500 INR. Now I want to stop payment for these and I want to start a term insurance. Please suggest me what to do and how? How many to invest to reach my goal after 10 years? Which term insurance policy is the best for me? Please suggest…..

    মিঠুন সরকার

  • Hi Sreekanth

    Thanks for reviewing Coverfox and rating it. Glad you liked our work. We have just started on our journey towards making insurance simple not only towards comparison, but ease of buying and post purchase handholding including at the time of claims. Hope to make it simpler. Really respect your work on the financial literacy side. Would love to connect with you to get more feedback on a regular basis. Cheers!

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