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GST and its impact on health insurance

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 11 Aug 2017

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What is GST?

  • Ø A single indirect tax to bind multiple taxes levied by the State and Central governments in order to have a more unified taxation system.
  • Ø GST will subsume taxes like Central Excise Duty, Service Tax, Special Additional Duty of Customs, VAT, Central Sales Tax, Purchase Tax, Luxury Tax and Entertainment Tax, among others.
  • Ø It is meant to eliminate dual taxation and simplify the process for businesses.

Impact on Insurance:

  • Ø With the introduction of GST, only the saving component of the premium is exempted from tax, whereas, the Risk Factor of a premium element will be taxed.
  • Ø Insurance policy rates will escalate as an umbrella tax of 18% will be levied on all policies, causing a short-term inflation.
  • Ø Therefore, existing and new policyholders will see a hike of 3% in their premium amounts. So, a premium of 30,000 ₨ will see an increase of 900 ₨.
Policies Rates before GST Rates after GST
Motor insurance 15% 18%
Health insurance 15% 18%
Term insurance 15% 18%
ULIP 15% 18% (only on premium amount, not investments)
Endowment plan premium (first year) 15% 18% (On 3.75 percent of the total premium)
Endowment plan (renewal) 15% 18% (On 1.875 percent of the total premium)

 

 

Need of insurance:

  • Although healthcare has been exempted from GST, some services and products are likely to become costlier. Medicines and disposables fall under 12% tax slab, however, the cost of diagnostic services like surgery and operations are going to increase by a substantial amount.
  • An insurance policy will provide a highly beneficial cover against these rising costs. Post GST, do not look at health plans with a financial lens. Your health is priceless. A three percent increase shouldn’t discourage you from securing your health.

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