The similarity between a group and individual medical coverage is in its function. Broadly speaking, a medical plan (regardless of whether it is group or individual) protects you by covering for the treatment costs incurred in the event of:
- An illness
- An accident
- A hospitalisation/surgery/ICU
The medical plan provided by your employer is known as a group coverage, as it covers a group of employees under one employer. The medical plan you purchase on your own or with your family, is known as an individual coverage.
Some medical plans also provide insurance coverage on death or total permanent disability, where your family or dependents will receive a lump sum pay out if either were to happen to you.