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Insurance buyers mostly prefer physical copies of policy document: Survey
19-Nov-21   14:20 Hrs IST

Over 80% of insurance buyers still prefer a physical copy of their insurance document despite rapid digitisation, a survey report said.

"With the contribution of insurance to GDP having risen sharply in the last one year, it is important to also make buyers feel safe about their investment", a recent survey by Bombay Master Printers Association (BMPA) said.

Most companies still ask for the original paper document while processing the claim. The insurance regulator must consider restoring section 4 and mandating issuing physical copies of the policy document at the earliest in the interest of buyers, it said.

As an insurance policy is a contract between the insurance company and the insured individual, nearly 82% of the buyers preferred a physical copy over the digital, according to the findings of the survey based on around 5,900 responses spread across age groups and regions.

About 56% of the respondents were in the age-group of 18-40 years, 28% in the 41-60 years, and 14% of the respondents were 60 years and above.

The policy certificate contains critical details of the insurance cover laying out the benefits, terms and conditions, the procedure to file for a claim if needed, and the contact details of the insurer.

Close to 80% of the survey participants feel that during the time of claim or an emergency, a hard copy of the policy issued by the insurance company would be preferable.

Incidentally, while several insurance companies decided to 'Go Green' by either discarding the physical copies of insurance policies completely or making it optional, even before the pandemic, many insurers believe that the same insurance companies ask them for a physical copy while claiming for the policy amount, it said.

The companies not only ask for the physical copy of the insurance policy but also other necessary documents, it added.

As per regulation 4 of IRDAI (issuance of e-insurance policies) Regulations, 2016, an insurer has to issue both physical and electronic insurance certificates to policyholders. However, as an interim measure in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, IRDAI had allowed insurers to issue only electronic policy documents and exempted them from the requirement of sending insurance policies in physical form till March 31, 2022, following two extensions.

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