A recent study published in The Lancet says that diabetes currently afflicts 101 million individuals in India. Another 136 million could be suffering from pre-diabetes. These figures considerably surpass the previous estimates of the World Health Organization, which had put the number of diabetics and pre-diabetics at 77 million and 25 million, respectively. Those suffering from the disease should consider purchasing customised plans offered by insurers.
Getting coverage becomes difficult
Insurers regard diabetics as high-risk. “If unchecked, diabetes can affect various organs such as the eyes, heart, nerves, and kidneys. Such persons need to see a doctor frequently for complications arising from diabetes. The chances of hospitalisation increase. Hence, they tend to make more claims with their insurers,” says Matilde