The Indian insurance industry is likely to grow to $280 billion by 2019-20 aided by the government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat and increasing awareness about need for protection, according to an Assocham-APAS study.
Insurance penetration in the country reached 3.7 per cent in 2017 from 2.71 per cent in 2001, media reports quoted the study as pointing out.
Gross premium increased from Rs 3.2 trillion ($ 49 billion) in 2011-12 to reach Rs 5 trillion ($72 billion) in 2017-18, it reportedly said.
“Push by the government and the regulator has helped increase the penetration of the insurance, as spread of schemes have also increased. Several factors such as growing middle class, young population and increasing awareness towards the need for protection and retirement planning would enable the growth further,” the study reportedly said.
It said, Ayushman Bharat, the ambitious scheme of the government, covering 100 million poor and vulnerable families with a cover of Rs 500 thousand per family of tertiary care and hospitalisation will be a game changer for the insurance industry, as it would have a great multiplier impact on a host of allied sectors and create lakhs of new jobs.
“The Indian insurance industry is expected to grow to $ 280 billion by FY2020 with the government’s flagship Ayushman Bharat and other growth drivers like rising disposable incomes, presence of global players and easing of the regulatory regime, helping penetration of the insurance culture in the country,” a PTI report quoted the study as suggesting.
The private sector companies which presently hold close to 48 per cent market share in the general insurance and 29 per cent in the life insurance will see a big growth in the opportunities.