“The bundled product suits individuals in the 25-35 age bracket who are planning to buy life insurance and also get additional benefit (health) in the same product. At present, life insurance is mainly bought by individuals in this age group,” says Dhruv Sarin, head of health insurance, Policybazaar.com.
While there is a procedural flexibility with bundled products, it also limits your options. Term life insurance policies are standard. But some company may offer you more add-ons or cheaper premiums. In health insurance, the features of policies vary widely. You may want a policy that allows you treatment of illnesses anywhere in the world, which may not be possible in the bundled product.
The bundled product mainly offers convenience and saves the procedural hassles. The individual gets tax benefits under Section 80C as well as under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act. There’s no hassle of maintaining two policies with two different renewal dates. A policyholder can even call up either of the companies for claims or any other service. Any change of address or bank account can be updated through either of the insurers.
The underwriting for the two companies remains different despite following a common form and medical test. It means, if an individual who applies for this product is rejected by one insurer for any reason, the other company could still offer its product. If Apollo Munich, for example, rejects an applicant, HDFC Standard Life would still sell him a standalone life insurance if the individual meets their underwriting norms.
Life insurance is a limited-tenure product whereas health insurance is available for the much longer period. “When the tenure life insurance expires, it automatically gets discontinued. The policyholder will then continue to get health insurance benefit at lower rates. In fact, a customer can choose to discontinue a policy on renewal and continue the other if he wishes,” says Jacob.