- Cost: Because of their very nature, group insurance plans cost less than the individual ones. It is similar to buying a product in bulk (which reduces the cost of the product). Corporate plans come at no cost or a nominal cost to the employees. The employees do not have to pay anything for the plan and have to pay some amount only if seeking additional benefits that do not come with the corporate plan. On the other hand, individual plans come at a pre-decided cost and have to be purchased in the individual capacity by a person.
- Premium deduction: The mode of paying the premiums is different for corporate and individual plans. In corporate plans, the premium is deducted from a person's salary while in individual plans, the person has to pay the premium separately.
- Control: The level of individual control is almost non-existent in a corporate plan. In a corporate plan, there are other beneficiaries and your personal control or decisions like discontinuation, plan change etc. play no role. On the other hand, in individual plans, you, as the policy holder can exert control and make decisions as per your personal needs and requirements.
- Convenience: A corporate plan is a lot easier to be obtained in comparison to an individual plan. Sometimes, due to any reason, a person's insurance application may be rejected (when she/he applies for individual insurance). Moreover, the limited underwriting in a plan, in which a person's medical history is closely examined is a big factor in individual plans and decides the eligibility of a person for a specific healthcare plan. However, in corporate insurance plans, any employee of a company is eligible for insurance and thus, the convenience of buying the plan is higher.
- Plan applicability: Individual insurance plans are applicable at all times and can be bought at any time. However, group insurance plans offer coverage only until the duration of a person's employment with that particular company. Once the employment is over, there is a choice of converting the corporate plan to an individual one. However, you must avail of this feature after comparing properly with a new individual plan, as the premium rates after conversion may be higher than those offered in a new plan.
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