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Cost Considerations: Comparing the Affordability of Group vs. Individual Insurance 

Group vs. Individual Insurance

When it comes to choosing between group and individual insurance plans, understanding the cost differences is crucial for making an informed decision. In this blog, we will explore the several factors that influence the affordability of group and individual insurance, compare the costs associated with each option, and provide insights into which may be the better choice for different scenarios. 

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What is Group Insurance for Visitors? 

Group insurance plans for visitors are typically made for groups traveling outside their home country for a brief period. Like individual plans, the group plans offer similar coverage like medical expenses, hospitalization, COVID-19, emergency evacuation, and more. These plans can provide coverage for trips of 5 days (about 1 and a half weeks) to two years. Most plans require a group of 5 individuals for a group plan. Ideally a good choice for groups of international students, groups of visitors, H1B visa holders,  and more. Premiums are made with a single payment or are made by a sponsoring organization. 

What is Individual Insurance for Visitors? 

Individual insurance plans, on the other hand, are purchased directly by individuals or families from insurance providers. These plans offer coverage tailored to the specific needs and preferences of visitors. Individual insurance premiums are based on factors such as age, coverage options (choice of policy maximum and deductible), and optional coverage and are paid entirely by the policyholder. 

Which Factors Affect Affordability? 

  • Premium Costs: Both individual and group insurance premiums are based on the age, number of days, policy maximum, and deductible option you choose. Group insurance premiums are often lower than individual insurance premiums since they are spread across 5 members or more.  
  • Coverage Options: Group insurance plans typically offer standardized coverage for the entire group with limited individual customization options. While this can help reduce costs, it may also result in less comprehensive coverage compared to individual insurance plans, which offer greater flexibility in selecting coverage options and benefit levels. If you buy add-on benefits, you pay more premiums. 
  • Age and Health Status: Underwriters often base factors such as age, health status, and claims while deciding on the premium rate. Younger, healthier individuals may pay lower premiums for individual insurance, while older individuals or those with health issues may face higher premiums. Group insurance premiums, are typically based on the above along with the overall risk profile of the group rather than individual characteristics. 

Choosing the Right Option 

  • Coverage Types: If you are traveling with dependents or with your friends, consider whether group or individual insurance offers the best coverage and affordability for your travel needs. 
  • Coverage Needs: Assess your healthcare needs and consider whether group or individual insurance provides the most appropriate coverage for your situation.  

Comparison of Two Plans

Plan Name Patriot America Plus Patriot Group Insurance
Category Individual plan Group Plan
Type Comprehensive Comprehensive
Policy Maximum $50,000, $100,000, $500,000, $1,000,000 $50,000, $100,000, $500,000, $1,000,000
Deductible $0, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500 $0, $100, $250, $500, $1000, $2500
Designed Individual tourist, businessman, students, relatives, etc. Group of five or more travelers, student groups, missionaries, employees, etc.
Pre-existing condition Not covered Covered
Cost $87.05 for 31 days of coverage for a 45-year-old individual. (policy max: $100,000, deductible: $500) Approximately $81 for 31 days of coverage for a 45-year-old-individual in a group of five. (policy max: $100,000, deductible: $500)
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Which option is more affordable, group or individual insurance? 

Group insurance premiums are often lower than individual insurance premiums since they are spread across a larger pool of members. However, individual insurance plans may offer more flexibility. 

How are individual insurance premiums determined? 

Individual insurance premiums are based on factors such as age, deductible, policy maximum, and length of the stay. Younger, healthier individuals may pay lower premiums, while older individuals may face higher premiums. 

Are individual insurance plans customizable? 

Yes, individual insurance plans offer greater flexibility and customization options compared to group insurance plans. Policyholders can select coverage options and benefit levels based on their specific needs and preferences. 

Can group insurance plans cover family members? 

Patriot and Atlas are two group insurance plans that require 5 or more members to get group rates. For Patriot group plan, applicants more than 75 years of age need to buy a separate plan. Atlas group plan is available to 80 and above but with limited choices of policy maximum.  

How do I choose between group and individual insurance? 

The decision depends on how many people are travelling. The other factors, including coverage needs, budget, and personal preferences. Carefully evaluate the total cost of coverage, consider your coverage needs and preferences, and select the option that best meets your requirements. 


When choosing between the two options, carefully evaluate the total cost of coverage, consider your coverage needs and preferences, and select the option that best meets your requirements. By understanding the cost considerations associated with group and individual insurance, you can decide whether you have the coverage you need at a price you can afford. 

To know more about these insurance plans, feel free to contact Visitor Guard®. 

Pallavi Sadekar

Pallavi Sadekar

Travel Insurance Expert

Pallavi Sadekar is a seasoned insurance professional with over 17 years of experience in the industry. As the Head of Operations at Visitor Guard®, she brings a wealth of expertise to the field. With a profound understanding of insurance, Pallavi has consistently demonstrated her commitment to helping clients make informed decisions about their coverage.

Pallavi’s insights and advice has earned her recognition in esteemed publications, including Forbes, USA Today, and various online platforms. Her contributions to these outlets have solidified her reputation as a trusted authority in the insurance domain. Whether it’s navigating the complexities of visitor insurance, finding the right coverage for clients, or understanding the intricacies of visitor health insurance, Pallavi’s in-depth knowledge allows her to offer practical and informed guidance to her clients.


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