Critical Illness Insurance
At no time is it in any way good for you to be afflicted by a critical illness. The strain it puts not only on the afflicted but also their families is only rivaled by the sadness of it all.
In order to make sure that you minimize the costs of this insurance and you get yourself and your family the much-needed support should the case of a critical illness arise, it is important to follow a few steps:
Review the Key Features Documents. These documents, offered by virtually all insurance companies, will allow you an easy comparison between plans from the same company or from more companies. These documents contain, as the name suggests, the key features included in the insurance plans, as well as the costs and radial coverage of the policies.
Comprehend the exact coverage. Make sure you and your family are well aware of what the policy covers. Naturally, you will be unable to fully estimate what might happen (considering that critical illnesses or conditions are being discovered and researched every day). But to the extent of your knowledge, you should look well at the policy.
Critical illness is something not to be taken lightly, especially if you have a family history. Before going out and purchasing an insurance policy, talk to somebody you can trust. Be it your doctor, or a friend or family member that works in the medical field, make sure you first find out an honest opinion on what you are more likely to have in the future. Honest and unbiased advice from such a person, in this case, might be worth a lot more than the advice of a broker.
Do not ignore brokers. After all, they are the trained personnel that are paid to scout the market for you and get the best that money can buy. Never dispense the advice of an insurance broker, and listen if any one of them gives you any warnings. In the long term, this might be more beneficial than you can imagine.
Cheap rates might look very good on paper, but the benefit is close to zero. Critical illness insurance pays off almost every time, whether or not you get such a condition during your life, simply because an employer is more likely to have you as a worker if you make him understand that, although you have a history of critical illness in the family, you are well aware of the implications and, furthermore, you will be covered and will not have any claims toward his business in case of such an unfortunate event. A sound and well-documented policy might carry extra weight at an interview.
Coverage for your children, your spouse, immediate availability, or urgent treatment indemnity, all of these might be included in plans. Even though they are not to be considered major factors when making a decision on the policy, they should be weighed in when having two or more very similar policies, all these may make the difference and emphasize the benefits.
Policies that limit treatment to only a few “approved” healthcare facilities should be avoided. Critical illness conditions usually also mean a significant reduction of mobility (due to the possibility of further injury or even death during long transports). Therefore, it is best to choose policies that don’t have such limitations, for the best of your health.
A critical illness is never a good thing for anyone, but with proper planning for the future, it can be managed. Every person should think about not allowing the family to go through expenses and medical bills, even for palliative care, in such an event.