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More joining the general insurance party in India

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(The views expressed in this column are the author’s own and do not represent those of Reuters)

Well, I don’t know if it should be called a party. But while there have been talks of a few exits (or shall we say strategic re-alignment) in the life insurance space, we have seen three new entrants in the general insurance space in the last few months.

We had Religare Health Insurance Company being formed a few months ago and just two days back, we had Magma HDI and Liberty Videocon general insurance companies getting their approval from IRDA.

That takes the count of general insurance companies in India to 27. Some developed countries have a much larger count of health insurance providers. If service levels can be ensured, the more the merrier it is for the consumer — more players, more competition, more innovation and hopefully better services would be offered as differentiators.

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