The following video was published in a blog post on microensure.com on June 14. MicroEnsure, a subsidiary of Opportunity International, is the world’s first microinsurance intermediary, and it serves people living in poverty with innovative products in crop, loan, health, life and property insurance, offering clients and their families a safety net when an unexpected hardship or disaster occurs.
Why do people in poverty need Health Insurance?
Research has shown that of all insurance products, health insurance is the most demanded by people in poverty.
Public healthcare facilities often lack the capacity to provide an adequate standard of care. Although many people use private facilities, they often have to sell assets or take on debt in order to meet the cost of hospital care. This often has the greatest impact on women and children. An estimated 20 million people a year, or a quarter of those receiving healthcare, fall below the poverty line as a result of the high cost of medical expenses.
Health Insurance by MicroEnsure
MicroEnsure has developed comprehensive low-cost health insurance which covers pre-existing illnesses and maternity care from day one. Service is provided on a cashless basis. Users simply present their ID card to receive treatment.
Our Experience in India
MicroEnsure launched its first cashless health insurance product in India in 2008. Remarkably it costs as little as nine dollars a year to provide health insurance cover for a family of four.