The ombudsman for long-term insurance has ordered Clientele Life to compensate a policy holder whose claim for unforeseen hospitalisation costs was rejected. The daily cash benefit amount, according to the insurance plan at the time, was R2‚000. The office of the ombudsman said the complainant’s policy commenced on April 1 2015‚ with the mandatory six-month waiting period ending on October 1 of the same year. "The complainant was admitted to a Margate hospital as an emergency patient on September 10 2015. He was subsequently transferred to another hospital on October 5 2015‚ and stayed a total of 26 days in hospital. In terms of the policy conditions‚ this was regarded as one continuous period in hospital‚" the office said. Clientele Life declined the claim on the basis that the man was hospitalised during the waiting period. According to the policy: "No claims as a consequence of illness will be considered during the waiting period." But the ombudsman pointed out that there was no ...

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