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Guide To Buying Maternity Insurance In Singapore

Unexpected pregnancy complications can lead to an increase in medical cost. A maternity insurance plan can guard both mothers and children against this risk.


Over the past few years, maternity insurance has started becoming more popular in Singapore with more insurers offering it.

When we first wrote about maternity insurance more than 5 years ago, we only found one insurer offering this type of insurance. In this article, we will explore the types of coverage these maternity insurance policies offer, as well as the premiums that you can expect to pay.

What Is Maternity Insurance?

Maternity insurance is a single-premium insurance policy covering unexpected complications arising from pregnancy, which could affect either mother or child. Coverage from the policy is typically provided in the form of a one-time pay out if an insured event occurs. This is useful for parents to offset additional medical costs arising from these pregnancy complications.

For maternity insurance policies, expecting mothers can buy the policies from as early as 13 weeks of the pregnancy. If you already intend to buy maternity insurance, it’s advisable to get it as early as possible so that you enjoy a longer coverage for the same premiums.

What Maternity Insurance Covers?

It’s interesting to note that maternity insurance is one of the rare insurance policies in the market that covers two individuals via a single insurance policy. The two people, are of course, the mother and the child.

Coverage For Mother

Coverage for mothers would include a wide range of complications that could occur during pregnancy. Common complications include Abruptio Placentae (premature separation of the placenta from the uterus), Amniotic Fluid Embolism, Fatty Liver of Pregnancy, Postpartum Haemorrhage requiring Hysterectomy, Pre-Eclampsia or Eclampsia and also Still Birth.

Unless you are a doctor, most of these are likely medical terms that you will not be familiar with. However, these are pregnancy-related complications that do occur, which a maternity insurance policy would cover. For the exact extent of coverage, you should check out the details of the maternity insurance policies that you intend to purchase coverage from.

Besides pregnancy complications, other coverage for the mother could include hospital care benefits, where there would be cash payout for each day spent at the hospital for pregnancy-related issues as well as death and total permanent disability benefits.

Coverage For Child

Congenital illnesses are illnesses that are present at birth. Unfortunately, they do happen to a minority of babies for reasons that we will never know. These include Cleft lip and cleft palate, Club foot, Down syndrome and Spina bifida. Based on our observations, insurers in Singapore cover about 17 to 25 different types of congenital illnesses. Once again, you should check out the details of the various maternity insurance policies that you intend to purchase coverage from to know the different congenital illnesses it covers the child for.

For both pregnancy complications for the mother and congenital illnesses for the child, a one-time payout will be given when any of the diagnosed illnesses or complications occur.

Read Also: Different Types Of Baby Insurance To Buy For Your Newborn Child

What Are The Stand-Alone Maternity Insurance Policies In Singapore?

In Singapore currently, there are some insurers that offer stand-alone maternity insurance policies.

NTUC Income Maternity 360

Offered by NTUC Income, Maternity 360 provides coverage against 10 types of pregnancy complications for mothers and 23 types of congenital illnesses for children. It also provides hospital care benefits for both mother and child.

For a sum assured of $5,000, a 30-year-old pregnant mother will pay a single premium of $390.55.

Pregnancy Complication And Congenital Illnesses Benefit 100% of sum assured (i.e. $5,000)
Hospital Care Benefit 1% of sum assured (i.e. $50) for each day, up to a maximum of 30% of sum assured (i.e. $1,500).
Death Benefit 100% of sum assured (i.e. $5,000)

 

Great Eastern Flexi Maternity Cover

The Flexi Maternity Cover offers two levels of coverage – Essential and Enhanced. Essential provides a sum assured of $5,000, while Enhanced provides a sum assured of $10,000.

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For example, a 35-year-old mother would pay $660 for the Essential plan that provides a sum assured of $5,000. This covers the mother for 8 types of pregnancy complications and the child coverage against 18 types of congenital illnesses.

Pregnancy Complication And Congenital Illnesses Benefit 100% of sum assured (i.e. $5,000 for Essential plan)
Hospital Care Benefit ICU/HDU for selected illnesses or complications of $200 per day, up to a maximum of 30 days
Death Benefit 100% of sum assured (i.e. $5,000 for Essential plan)

 

The policy will pay out once for pregnancy complications. It will also pay out once for congenital illnesses. In the unfortunate event that there are both pregnancy complications and congenital illnesses, the policy will pay out the sum assured twice.

Insurance-Linked Maternity Plans

Besides the stand-alone maternity insurance plans, you can also consider maternity insurance plans that are bundled along with a whole life insurance plan or an investment-linked policy (ILP). These insurance-linked maternity plans include the AIA MUM2BABY, Aviva MyMaternity Plan and Prudential PRUFirst Promise.

Since these maternity plans typically require you to purchase a separate whole life insurance plan or an investment-linked policy, you need to not only consider the maternity insurance protection that you want, but also the life insurance or ILP coverage that you are getting. This is especially since both of these insurance policies are a long-term commitment and you need to ensure that you are comfortable with the premiums you will be paying.

Are there any other stand-alone maternity insurance plans in Singapore that we missed out on? Let us know what they are at editorial@dollarsandsense.sg

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