Every family has regular medical
expenses. This may be towards a health insurance premium, or expenditure
related to a family member’s disability/critical illness. The Income Tax Act of
1961 has made provisions to reduce this burden through tax deductions under
section 80D, 80DD, 80DDB. Read on to understand how to use these sections to
Section 80D in Respect to Health
payment of health insurance premiums, qualify for a tax deduction under section
Available Deduction– For individuals less than 65 years
of age, amount of health insurance premium paid or Rs. 15,000, whichever is
lesser. For senior citizens above 65 years, amount of health insurance premium
paid or Rs. 20,000, whichever is lesser.
A further deduction of Rs 15,000
could be claimed, for buying health insurance policy for your parents (Rs
20,000 if either of your parents is a senior citizen). This is irrespective of
whether they’re dependent on you or not. No deductions can be claimed for
Scope of Deduction – Individual assesses can
claim deduction for premiums paid towards health insurance of self, spouse,
parents and children.
For HUF assesses, premium paid for
insuring the health of any member of the HUF, can be used for deduction.
Key Factors to keep in mind
The premium may be paid by any mode of payment, other
The health insurance premium that you pay must be from
the taxable income applicable for the year you claim. Premiums should not
be from gifts received by you.
Part payment of premium is allowed. For example,
suppose your parents contribute 50% of their health insurance premium and
you pay the balance 50% of their premium. In such a case, you could avail
the deduction for the amount contributed by you and your parents too could
avail deduction for their contribution.
Section 80DD for Medical Treatment
of Handicapped Dependents
If you are incurring expenditure for
the treatment of your handicapped dependent, you could claim a deduction under
Available Deduction – Rs 50000, or actual expenditure incurred,
whichever is lesser. For severe handicap conditions Rs. 1,00,000 is the
Scope of Deduction – Deduction can be claimed for
dependent parents, spouse, children and siblings. Dependents must not have
claimed any deduction for their disability.
Deductions are permissible in either
of the following cases.
a) Costs incurred for medical
treatment, training or rehabilitation of a disabled dependent, including amount
spent for nursing.
b) Amount paid towards an insurance
scheme for the maintenance of your disabled dependent in case of your untimely
Meaning of Disability– Disability means a person suffering from 40% or
more of any of the below disabilities. A severe disability condition is
80% or more of the disabilities.
a) Blindness and Vision problems
c) Hearing impairment
d) Locomotor disability
e) Mental retardation or illness
a) Individuals would need to produce
a copy of the disability certificate as issued by the central or state
government medical board to claim deduction.
b) Insurance policy obtained must be
in your name and should be a policy for life. It could pay either an annuity or
a lump sum amount for the benefit of the dependent on your death.
c) If the disabled dependent
predeceases you, the policy amount is returned to you, and treated as income
for the year in which you receive it, thus fully taxable in your hands.
Section 80 DDB for Treatment of
Costs incurred for treatment of
specified illnesses, could fetch you a tax benefit under section 80DDB.
Available Deduction – For individual assesses less than
65 years of age, a deduction limit of Rs. 40,000 is applicable. For a senior
citizen, the limit is Rs.60,000.
Scope of Deduction – Deduction is applicable for
treatment of self, spouse, children, siblings, and parents, wholly dependent on
a) Neurological Diseases (where the
disability level has been certified as 40% or more).
b) Parkinson’s Disease
c) Malignant Cancers
d) Acquired Immune Deficiency
e) Chronic Renal failure
If you are already receiving any reimbursement for the
treatment from your insurance company or employer, deductions cannot be
claimed. If you are receiving partial reimbursement, the balance amount
can be used for a deduction.
A certificate would be required from a specialist
working in a government hospital, as proof for the specified ailment.
Paid to effect or to keep into force an insurance on the health of
(i) In case of
(a) Individual himself, his spouse and dependant children.
(b) His parents or any contribution made to the Central Government
Health Scheme or such
other scheme as may be notified by the Central Government in
(c) Preventive health check-up of the assessee or
his family or his parents. (From
the A.Y. 2013-2014 onwards).
In case of H.U.F.
(a) H.U.F. Himself
(b) Any Member of the family
In case of Individual-
(a) Rs. 15000/-
(b) below 60 years – Rs. 15000/-
above 60 years Rs. 20000/-
(c) Rs. 5000 above 60 years Rs. 5000 below 60 years (65 Years
applicable for the year AY 2012-13 as earlier year)
(a) H.U.F. Rs. 15000/-
(b) Where any member of H.U.F. is above the age of 60 years then up-to
Deduction can be claimed only if insurance premium is paid in
accordance witht he Scheme framed in this behalf by the Genral
Insurance Corporation of India and approved by the Central Government/
Insurance Regulatory & Development Authority
(ii) The deduction is available in respect of insurance premium of
(iii) It is paid out of Income and chargeable to tax.
For deduction the payment shall be made, by any made including by cash,
in respect of any sum paid on account of preventive health check up,
any mode other than cash in all other cases not falling under it.
Example: An individual assessee pays (through any mode other than
cash) during the previous year medical insurance premium, out of his taxable
income, as under:
* Rs. 12000/- to keep in force an insurance policy on his
health and on the health of his wife and dependant children.
* Rs. 17000/- to keep in force an insurance policy on the
health of his parents.
Under the new provisions he will be allowed a deduction of
Rs. 27000/- (Rs. 12000 + Rs. 15000) if neither of his parents is a senior
citizen. However, if any of his parents is a senior citizen, he will be allowed
a deduction of Rs. 29000/- (Rs. 12000 + Rs. 17000). Whether the parents are
dependant or not, is not a consideration for deciding the deduction under the
Further, in the above example, if cost of insurance on the
health of the parents is Rs. 30000/- out of which RS. 17000/- is paid (by any
non-cash mode) by the son and Rs. 13000/- by the father (who is a senior
Citizen) out of their respective taxable income, the son will get a deduction
of Rs. 17000/- (in addition to the deduction of Rs. 12000 for the medical
insurance on self and family) and the father will get a deduction of Rs. 13000/-.