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Application

In general, “cooling-off period” refers to a 21-day period immediately after the policy or Welcome Letter is issued to the applicant, or the representative of the applicant (whichever is earlier). During the cooling-off period, the applicant should read the policy provisions in detail and make sure the insurance plan is suitable to his/her needs. He/she may also exercise his/her right to cancel the insurance policy and be refunded with all premiums paid. The amount of the refund may be adjusted in accordance with market rate as stipulated in specific policy provisions.

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You may call our Customers Service Hotline at +852 2860 0688. We also offer toll-free long distance enquiry hotlines for Mainland China and Macau.

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You may login to eService to view policy information. You may also submit applications for designated policy change via eService.

Policy Management

The maturity payment will be paid on the first working day after policy maturity. You may receive maturity payment via your solely owned account at Bank of China (Hong Kong) Limited, Nanyang Commercial Bank Ltd or Chiyu Banking Corporation Ltd. You may also opt to receive the payment by cheque. Click here to learn more. [Download Form]

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Life insurance differs from general insurance as life insurance involves a substantially longer coverage period. If the insured surrenders their life insurance policy in the first few years after the commencement of the policy, the surrender value received is usually less than the total premium paid.

When considering policy replacement, the insured should pay attention that the new insurance company may re-assess underwriting criteria such as the applicant's health condition, occupation, leisure activities, etc. Moreover, the provisions of the new policy may be different from those of the existing policy, which could affect results of future claims. The insured should compare the provisions of the existing policy with those of the new one thoroughly, and evaluate if policy replacement is in their best interest.

You can log in to eService for updating personal information, premium payment method, amending protection coverage, and applying policy value withdrawal. You can also download relevant forms for these applications. 

You can login eService to update the premium payment method. You can also download relevant form for application. 

If you want to settle the payment by autopay, please fill out "Application For Autopay" form. Please settle suffient premium payment in advance to avoid any delay during direct debit authorisation process. Please refer to the table below: 

Bank accountBOC Credit Card^
premium of 3 monthspremium of 1 month

^ we accept BOC credit card only
 

Claim

If the information of the hospital claims submitted is sufficient, we will approve the claim in 3 working days after the receipt of documents. If further information is required, we will notify you via “Claims Notification” of the outstanding documents. 

You can submit the claim application to BOC Life and other insurers concurrently. However the total reimbursement amount of all insurers will not exceed the actual medical expenses. Original receipt together with the settlement breakdown of other insurer are required to submit for claiming the balance of medical expenses.

According to the policy terms of Comprehensive Hospital & Surgical Rider, we will pay out surgeon’s fees, anesthetist’s fee and operating theatre fees if the customer undergoes a surgical procedure in Hospital or clinic within Hong Kong. For VHIS, geographical limit does not apply.
 

Certain hospital benefits include "Emergency Outpatient Treatment (Accident)" coverage, which mainly covers injuries caused by accidents where the insured receives treatment at a hospital outpatient unit within 24 hours after the accident happened. However, it does not cover outpatient treatment due to illness. For VHIS, the “Emergency Consultation” under the “Pre- and Post-Confinement/Day Case Procedure Outpatient Care Benefit” covers sickness as well as injuries.

In general, you need to make a claim within 30 days after discharge.

The attending doctor should complete Part B of the "Hospital Claim Form" with his/her signature and stamp on it. We also accept the hospital's stamp. When a customer has received a completed form from the attending doctor, customer should check if it has been stamped and signed properly.

Customer is responsible for providing relevant medical reports for claim assessment. Therefore, Part II of the claim form should be completed by the attending doctor whereas the costs are to be borne by the customer.

Customer is responsible for providing relevant medical reports for claim assessment, or the claim may be rejected due to insufficient information.

For any accident or acute illness nature confinement under public hospital, customers can submit the "Discharge Summary" which clearly specifies the admission date, discharge date and final diagnosis as a reference for our initial claim assessment.

Yes, you may choose to receive the payment by Faster Payment System “FPS” (limited to registered mobile phone number or email address solely owned by the policy owner) or by Autopay (The account must be a Bank of China / NCB / CYB account solely owned by the policy owner). In addition, you may choose to collect the claims payment by cheque.

Products

The actual amount of dividend paid out is determined by our dividend policy which is based on our past experience and long-term expectation of our participating business.

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Universal life insurance is a type of whole life insurance. Its primary features are flexibilities (such as flexible premium) and clear separate listing of pricing factors (such as interest and operating expenses), while term life insurance and whole life insurance only show the gross premium. On the other hand, universal life insurance allows policy owner the option to pay a preferred level of premium within a specified range, thereby enhancing flexibility. In general, the cash value of a universal life insurance policy grows with the premium level.

Annuity is different from ordinary life insurance. The applicant of an annuity plan is required to make a one-off premium payment or pay the premium by installment. The insurance company then guarantees that after the deferred period, it will pay a fixed amount to the annuitant regularly until the annuitant dies.

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Payment Methods

We recommend our customer to pay premium by Autopay to avoid premium overdue which may affect the protection. A number of other payment methods are also available.

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The direct debit date is determined by the policy date

Policy DateDate of premium debit
1st -15th at 00:00 of the 2nd  day of the month when premium due
16th -31stat 00:00 of the 16th  day of the month when premium due

If the date of debit is a non-working day, the premium will be debited on the following day

Common Report Standard

The Common Reporting Standard (CRS) is a new internationl requirement to tackle tax evasion and protect the integrity of tax systems, through information gathering and reporting by financial insitituions in participating countries. The requirements have gone through legislative procedures and have formed par of the Inland Revenue Ordinance of Hong Kong. All financial institutions (e.g. designated insurance companies, including BOC Life) in participating countries/ territories (including Hong Kong) are required to comply with CRS.
 

Exchanging financial account information on an automatic basis is a new international standard, designed to enhance tax transparency and combat cross-border tax evasion. AEOI involves the transmission of financial account information from Hong Kong to an overseas tax jurisdiction with which Hong Kong has entered into an AEOI agreement (or known as an "AEOI partner"). The information relates only to the tax residents of the jurisdiction of the AEOI partner.

BOC Life is obliged to report on reportable insurance accounts held by insurance customers to Inland Revenue Department of Hong Kong. Generally speaking, information will not be reported to Inland Revenue Department if the customer of BOC Life is a Hong Kong permanent resident, who does not hold any foreign passport, is a taxpayer in Hong Kong only and is not a tax resident of any territory outside Hong Kong. The Inland Revenue Ordinance requires BOC Life to apply due diligence procedures to collect all required information and documentation from account holders (i.e. the policy owner, claimant or beneficiary, similarly hereinafter). According to the relevant ordinance, BOC Life may ask account holders to complete self-certification forms for verification of their tax residency status. The self-certifications will be kept by BOC Life for a period of six years upon completion of customer due diligence procedures or termination of policy .

This is a formal declaration that the account holder makes in connection with his/her tax residency. According to the due diligence procedures (which are based on the international standard required), self-certifications would be required from account holders for all new insurance policies (i.e. policies issued on or after 1st January 2017) to identify the tax residency. As for pre-existing accounts (i.e. policies issued before 1st January 2017), BOC Life will verify account holder's tax residency according to policy records and will seek self-certification from the account holder to confirm its tax residence.

Please note : An account holder, who knowingly or recklessly provides a statement that is misleading, false or incorrect when making a self-certification to a reporting financial institutions, is liable on conviction to a fine at level 3 (HK$10,000). The Inland Revenue Department may check the details of the self-certification, if necessary.

Account holders should advise BOC Life of any change in circumstances which affects their tax residency status or causes the information contained in a self-certification to become incorrect. Generally, account holders should provide BOC Life with a suitably updated self-certification form within 30 days of such change in circumstances.

As far as personal data is concerned, the information to be exchanged includes name, address, jurisdiction of residence, taxpayer identification number ("TIN"), and the date and place of birth. As for financial account data, it includes the policy number, policy year-end balance or value, as appropriate for the year concerned.

The Inland Revenue Ordinance imposes legal obligation on financial institutions (including BOC Life) to establish and apply due diligence procedures to identify tax residents of territories outside Hong Kong for Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (AEOI) purpose and collect specified information for submission to IRD.
 
BOC Life is expected to observe requirements under the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance. For instance, we would inform the account holders of the purpose of use of the personal data for AEOI. We would take all practicable steps to ensure the accuracy and security of the personal data. Account holders are entitled to request access to and correction of their personal data. In case an individual refuses to allow the financial institution to release his personal data for AEOI purpose, BOC Life may have to consider whether or not to accept the policy application or to report to IRD.

This will depend on where you live and your circumstances. Please contact a professional tax adviser or refer to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) website. For more information on how to determine your tax residency.The full list of participating countries and commencement date of tax information exchange has been posted on OECD website. There are more than 100 jurisdictions over the world committed to the implementation of Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (AEOI).

If our policy owner who are Hong Kong taxpayers but not tax residents of any territory outside Hong Kong, BOC Life will not report the financial information of their policy.

You can find more information regarding "the tax residency from tax residency related regulations stipulated by different countries/jurisdictions". You may also visit the website of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)'s Automatic Exchange of Financial Account Information (AEOI) portal  and the website of Inland Revenue Department. For more details, please contact your tax advisor for enquiries. Please note that BOC Life cannot give any tax advice.
 

Premium Levy

With effect from 1st January 2018, premium levy will be collected from policy owners by insurance companies on behalf the Insurance Authority ("IA") according to Insurance (Levy) Regulation and Insurance (Levy) Order in order to support the operation of IA. Policy owners shall pay the levy at applicable levy rate and levy cap along with their premium payment.

According to the law, except for certain policies exempted from the levy by law#, the policy owners of all new or in-force life insurance policies and general insurance policies (including travel, motor, property and household insurance) shall pay premium levy along with their premium payment.

Reinsurance business, policies underwritten by authorised captive insurers, and marine, aviation and goods-in-transit business are exempted from the levy.

Premium levy is gradually implemented by phases. For life insurance, the levy rate for phase 1 will be 0.04% with levy cap at HKD$40*, and increase gradually until it reaches 0.1% with levy cap at HKD$100*.

*Premium levy of group insurance, such as medical protection provided by employers, will be the same as that of general insurance.

 Phase1Phase2Phase3Phase4
 1 Jan 2018 to 31 Mar 2019 1 Apr 2019 to 31 Mar 2020 1 Apr 2020 to 31 Mar 2021 From 1 Apr 2021 onwards
Levy rate0.04%0.06%0.09%0.10%
Levy cap
Life insurance$40$60$85$100
General insurance$2,000$3,000$4,250$5,000

According to the requirement provided by Insurance Authority, policy "inception date" (new policies) and inception anniversary date (in-force policies) will be used to determine the premium levy rate and levy cap. "Inception date" means the date on which the first premium under contract becomes payable. We will use policy date as policy "inception date" to determine levy rate and levy cap.

Except prepaid premium, policy owners are not required to pay levy for the premium paid before 1st January 2018. For the amount prepaid before 1st January 2018, as it will only become premium payable on policy "inception date" or future inception anniversary date, therefore, policy owners shall pay levy for those premium. A notice will be sent separately to policy owners to pay the relevant levy.

For existing clients with policies issued before the commencement of premium levy collection and have to pay levy after 1st January 2018, we will notify them of the default arrangement on levy collection via SMS, letter or phone before the effective date of levy collection. The amount of levy to be paid will be reflected in relevant documents such as premium notice.  For all new clients who make insurance application after the commencement of levy collection, they may refer to relevant proposal for the amount of levy.

Premium levy will be collected together with the premium via the same manner whenever we collect premium from policy owners (Default Arrangement). 

  1.  If Policy owners choose to pay premium via autopay from bank account or credit card, we will collect levy together with premium. Policy owners should pay attention whether the account balance or credit limit is sufficient for the full payment.
  2.  If premium is paid by Automatic Premium Loan ("APL"), levy with be collected together with premium via APL and interest will be charged according to policy provision.
  3.  If there is unpaid premium of policies at the time of claim application, unpaid premium and corresponding levy will be deducted from the policy proceeds payable to policy owners or beneficiaries by default settings.

According to the law, the implementation of premium levy will not affect the validity of policy coverage. If policy owners only pay the premium but not the levy, we will report the corresponding outstanding levy records to Insurance Authority (“IA”) according to the requirements, and a pecuniary penalty may be charged by IA against policy owners. The IA may recover outstanding levy as a civil debit due to the IA.

Refund of premium levy is allowed if the corresponding premium becomes partially or fully refundable (unless the amount of levy payable on premium after refund still reaches the cap). The levy will be fully refunded if the policy is cancelled during cooling-off period.

If Policy Owners or beneficiaries object to the above Default Arrangement and elect to pay levy separately after receiving the notice, they may contact our Customer Service for arrangement.