Critical illness insurance, also known as critical illness insurance or a life insurance policy, is a kind of insurance product where the insurer is under contract to usually make a small lump sum money payment to the person that contracted the critical illness. This type of insurance is very popular in Canada. It is basically a contract where the insurer pays a specified sum of money, generally a lump sum of money, in the event that the insured gets ill and requires huge amounts of medical care. The money paid by the insurer usually covers the expense of hospitalization and surgery and is also meant to act as an investment for the insurer. If the person recovers and again satisfies the obligation of paying the premium, then this contract is renewed and becomes a life insurance policy.
However, in this life insurance policy, if the person contracts more than one critical illness, the premiums are adjusted differently, resulting in a loss of income for the policy holder. The contract could be renewed every other year with a slight increase in the amount of the death benefit, or it could be cancelled altogether. The insurer may also sell these contracts to new customers, at a slightly higher premium, if it is satisfied by the new contract. Otherwise, it has the right to resume the contract with existing customers.
The main reason why critical illness insurance is sold to many people is for the lump-sum cash benefit, which can be substantial. This cash benefit is paid to the beneficiary, who is either the family of the insured person or a person who has become a dependent of such person. The dependents can include the spouse, domestic partners, and children of the insured. In many cases, the premiums paid by many people are so high that the death benefits are insufficient to cover all of their living expenses and other debts. Many people in this case choose to make use of this insurance policy. Some people may even end up foregoing their home, while some may remain at the risk of being homeless due to lack of income from the policy.
There are several types of critical illness insurance available in the United Kingdom. They include PPI (Payment Protection Insurance) plans, contract life cover, and life assurance. The PPI contracts may vary considerably in terms of benefits, premiums, claims procedure and duration. PPI plans may pay benefits, when the insured dies during the period of the plan, up to a fixed level above the Insured’s income.
Critical Illness Insurance policies pay a specified percentage of the total costs of treating a certain condition, which can be either an incurable or treatable condition. Many times, these contracts require that the condition should have been diagnosed at the time the policy was granted. The payments may also vary depending on the number of covered illnesses.
Life Insurance is another critical illness insurance that helps to cover medical expenses when a person either doesn’t recover from or suffers terminal illnesses. Life Insurance policies pay a specified amount of the total medical expenses when the insured dies during the period of the policy. Most Life Insurance policies are for a fixed term and may either reimburse the policyholder for medical expenses or provide capital. Capital is used to finance the acquisition of other important things in life. Some life insurance companies offer cash back option. This allows you to use the cash you deposited in the policy to purchase other items, if you wish.
In case of critical illness insurance policies, the premiums are usually based on your age, health conditions and the amount of cover you require. The rates of premiums vary from one insurance company to another. It is recommended that you get quotes from various insurance companies before deciding to take out a critical illness policy from any of them.
Another type of coverage provided by critical illness insurance is disability income cover. This is basically a monthly or annual benefit that is provided to the insured upon his/her critical illness diagnosis. The disability income coverage is dependent on the kind of critical illness policy you take out. Critical Illness policies are available from all major insurance companies including PCC Insurance Company Limited (PCC) and Independent Life Insurance Company (ILDIC). These companies cover a wide range of risks like diseases, accidents, critical conditions, disability and critical illness. You can search online to find out more about the different types of policies available from these companies.