The Covid-19 pandemic has refocused all of us on the importance of health and illness cover. But one-off events like Coronavirus are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our nation’s well-being. When you consider that half of the population will be touched in some way by cancer during their lifetime and that dementia and heart disease are on the rise, it’s no surprise that we put our health at the top of our priority list.
If you run your own business, a critical illness could have more than just a physical effect. It could interrupt your income and leave your family worried about paying the bills when they should be focused on caring for you. The financial aspect of ill health can impact your recovery, your future, and the future of your loved ones.
There is a way to give yourself a little extra protection in these uncertain times. Life insurance and critical illness cover provide you with a financial cushion for you and your loved ones should you be diagnosed with a serious or life-threatening illness. However, there are differences between the two:
Both types of cover will normally pay out a one-time, tax-free lump sum. There are no restrictions on what the money can be used for once paid. Your family could use a life insurance payout to pay off a mortgage or bills, while a critical illness payout could be put towards your rehabilitation or long-term care.
No, they are not, but you can pay more to have more illnesses covered. You will need to check your policy if you already have cover or the small print if you are taking out cover. The biggest three reasons to claim on a critical illness policy are cancer, heart attack and stroke. It’s worth shopping around to find a policy that includes the illnesses that are important to you.
Life insurance policies and critical illness cover are usually quite affordable. (Do bear in mind that once you take out a life insurance policy, you will need to keep paying the premiums to ensure your beneficiaries are awarded a payout after your death).
Our top tip is to think about combining the two. Critical illness cover will provide you with the financial support you need while you are still alive. If your condition becomes terminal or you die of an unrelated cause, life insurance will give you and your loved ones a secure financial future. As critical illness cover costs more than life insurance, remember you don’t have to have the same level of cover for each.
At TH March, we believe that the right insurance can make a huge difference to you and your family, and we’ve been looking after customers for over 135 years. We offer:
We want to protect and enrich the lives of our customers, employees, partners and business communities with insurance that focuses on the practicalities of life. As a chartered insurance provider approved by the Chartered Insurance Institute, you can trust that the advice we give you is transparent, jargon-free, and honest.
To find out more about critical illness cover and life insurance, give us a call on 01822 855555 today or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.