Why Medical test is important in Term Insurance?

Term Insurance policy is a pure protection plan which provides cover against risk of life. It is considered as the most economical form of life insurance policy because the premium price of term insurance policies is very low and the coverage is very high. The premium price in term insurance policies is decided upon various risk factors and one such important factor is your health condition, which is analyzed by the insurance company through a medical test.

Insurance companies ask for medical test to know your current health condition, on the basis of which your premium amount is decided. A good health condition can lower down your premium amount because the risk involved in such cases is very low while a deteriorating health condition can increase your premium as the probability of claim in case of a person with a severe medical condition is more.

Many people look for various ways of skipping the medical test before purchasing term plan, but such practice can become a hassle for you in near future. That’s why we have outlined the importance of medical test in term insurance, so that you don’t have to face any problem after buying the policy

Why Medical Test in Term Insurance is Important?

Following are the reasons why a medical test in term insurance is important

Claim Rejection

Even if you are able to avoid a medical test before purchasing a policy, it doesn’t mean that you can hide your medical condition from the insurer. Before purchasing the policy, you need to disclose your health condition in the form which is considered to be properly evaluated and filled by the buyer. Now, at the time of claim, if the insurer finds that any of your given health condition in the form is wrong, then they can reject your claim on the basis of misleading information wih in 3 years from policy buying. Wrong information about health condition is done intentionally or by mistake, but it doesn’t matter to the insurer as wrong information is strong basis of claim rejection for any insurance company.

More Premium

By going through a medical test, you can get a low premium amount if you have good health condition. Let us understand this through an example. Mr. A and Mr. B both go for a term insurance policy which doesn’t require any medical test. Now even if Mr. A is fit and healthy, and Mr.B is suffering with some particular disease, still both of them would end up paying the same premium. You also need to know that the premium rate of term plans with no medical test is usually higher than normal. This is because the insurer is giving you cover for an unknown risk. So in the above mentioned case, Mr. A will not get any benefit for good health condition and will pay the same premium as Mr.B who is suffering with some disease.

Low Coverage

Most of the term insurance policies which offer “no-medical test” are low value-plans. Such type of term insurance plan offers you a very low amount of coverage which may not be sufficient for your healthcare need. So if you are buying a no medical test term insurance policy, then you will get a low cover amount for your term insurance policy, regardless of your age and health.

Type and Cost of Medical Test

Many people have this misconception that the medical tests which they need to undergo before purchasing term insurance is very painful and time taking but that’s not true as the tests required in medical checkup are very normal like ECG, Fasting Blood Sugar, Routine Urine Analysis, HIV Test, Lipid Profile Test, Comprehensive Trail Making Test, etc.

Talking about the cost of medical check-up, some of the term insurance companies cover the complete cost of medical check-up while others cover a major portion of the expense.

Every shortcut in life doesn’t lead to your destination; sometimes it can push you towards a wrong turn also. That’s why going for a term insurance policy with no medical test is not a good idea as it can lead to claims rejection and many other hassles in future. If you avoid medical tests, then you will also miss various benefits of term insurance like premium according to age, the high sum assured, etc. So go through a medical test before purchasing a term insurance policy and take advantage of your plan.

Harjot Singh Narula

Harjot Narula is founder and CEO of ComparePolicy.com, an IRDAI approved insurance web aggregator focussed on selling online insurance for companies. Harjot has more than a decade of experience in software development and has also spent 5 years in US working for the mortgage and risk management industry.

2 thoughts on “Why Medical test is important in Term Insurance?

  • March 6, 2018 at 9:55 PM
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    Sorry, this is not directly related to this article. However, I would like to know the information below:

    Will Term Insurance plan (5 years policy- started on 2016) cover Suicide if it happens after 1 Year?

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