Buying health insurance is a wise health investment decision. It not only provides you financial security during medical emergencies but also helps you save tax. With Section 80D of the Income Tax Act 1961, you can avail tax deductions every year, which is up to Rs.25,000 for non-senior citizens and up to Rs.50,000 for senior citizens . Individuals can also claim tax deductions on preventive health check-ups under this section, even if you have not yet bought any health insurance plan.
Read on to know more about tax benefits on preventive health check-ups and how to claim them.
One cannot predict illness. Even if you take measures to keep yourself healthy, you may fall sick. Preventive healthcare means taking precautionary measures to keep illnesses at bay. These include undergoing blood tests, blood pressure monitoring, cancer screening, taking immunization, flu shots, and more.
With a preventive health check-up, you can minimize the risk of contracting diseases by detecting health problems early and getting timely treatment. As you age, your chances of getting sick and developing age-related illnesses increase. This is why undergoing preventive health check-ups is necessary.
Preventive healthcare is even more important after the age of 40. Opt for it earlier if you already have certain diseases or a genetic risk of illnesses like hypertension, cancer, or diabetes. Going for timely preventive check-ups can lower your financial burden as it helps detect health issues at an early stage, eliminating the need for expensive treatments. Top health insurance plans offer comprehensive health check-up benefits.
Here are the major benefits of preventive healthcare:
When you spend Rs.20,000 towards the premium and Rs.5,000 for preventive health check-ups, you can claim an amount of Rs.25,000. A majority of hospitals in India offer preventive healthcare packages. Fixed benefit insurance plans as well as indemnity insurance plans give you tax benefits.
Section 80D allows cash payments made towards preventive healthcare. However, do not pay health insurance premiums in cash to avail of tax benefits under the Income Tax rules. Use payments modes such as drafts, cheques, credit cards, and online banking.
An individual or Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) can claim a tax deduction for money paid towards preventive health check-ups for
In cases of HUF, any member of the HUF can make a claim.
A maximum of Rs.5,000 can be claimed every financial year for payments made towards preventive health check-ups. The claim can be made by you, your spouse, your children, and your parents. For instance, if you had a preventive healthcare check-up worth Rs. 7,000, you are eligible for Rs.5,000 tax deductions while filing your IT returns.
Note that you can claim a maximum of Rs.25,000 as a tax benefit towards health insurance premiums and preventive healthcare. For example, consider you are 30 years old and have a maximum claim limit of Rs.25,000. Now, if you spent Rs.21,000 towards medical insurance premium and Rs.6,000 towards preventive health check-ups, the total amount you can claim is Rs.25,000.
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Consider opting for health insurance plans that offer maximum benefits at affordable premiums. Check the range of Complete Health Solution plans offered by Bajaj Finserv Health. These plans provide medical cover of up to Rs.10 lakh with preventive health check-up benefits. Apart from this, you get network discounts, doctor consultation reimbursements, and lab test benefits. Sign up now and start saving on your health insurance!
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