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Covid-19 has spurred health insurance, but universal coverage remains far away

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₹58,572 crore was paid as health premiums by policyholders in 2020-21, which included the first wave of the virus. This amounted to a year-on-year increase of 13%, the same as in 2019-20.

A growing chunk of these premiums is coming from the retail set, which shows rising propensity of individuals to cover themselves rather than rely on their employers.

In 2020-21, this share was 45%, the highest in four years. Meanwhile, in the first four months of 2021-22, which included the second covid-19 wave, total health premiums increased by a brisk 34% on a year-on-year basis.

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