Critical Illness Insurance is an insurance product, where the insurer is contracted to typically make a lump sum cash payment if the policyholder is diagnosed with one of the critical illnesses listed in the insurance policy. The schedule of insured illnesses varies between insurance companies.
|Examples of conditions that may be covered include:
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Kidney Failure
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Parkinson's Disease
- Terminal Illness
Critical illness may be purchased by individuals in conjunction with a life insurance or term assurance policy at the time of a residential purchase, known as a 'bolt-on' benefit.
|The finances received could be used to:
- pay for the costs of the care and treatment
- pay for recuperation aids
- replace any lost income due to a decreasing ability to earn
- and for a change in lifestyle
This insurance can provide financial protection to the policyholder or their dependents on the repayment of a mortgage due to the policyholder contracting a critical illness condition or on the death of the policyholder. In this type of product design, some insurers may choose to structure the product to repay a portion of the outstanding mortgage debt on the contracting of a critical illness, whilst the full outstanding mortgage debt would be repaid on the death of the policyholder. Alternatively, the full sum assured may be paid on diagnosis of the critical illness, but then no further payment is made on death, effectively making the critical illness payment an 'accelerated death payment.
Some employers may also take out critical illness insurance for their employees. This contract would be in the form of a group contract and has become an essential strategy used by employers around the world to both protect their employees financially as well as attract more employees to consider working for the company.
Although health insurance can help offset the costs of cancer
treatment, you still may have to cover deductibles and copayments on your own.
Additionally, cancer treatment can cause out-of-pocket expenses that aren’t covered by
traditional health insurance:
- Pay Bills
- Mortgage Payments
- Pay For Alternative Treatments
- Time Off From Work
- Business Expenses
- Experimental Treatments