Critical Illness Insurance
With the increase in medical advances and technology, more and more people are surviving major life situations such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and even kidney failure. While life insurance has always provided for financial security in the event of death, critical illness insurance is designed to provide financial relief when you may need it most -- traditional insurance just doesn't measure up if you survive a major life illness.
Critical illness coverage provides benefits that are paid upon the diagnosis of a critical illness such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, kidney failure, organ transplant, disability, and more.
Critical illness insurance has been described as catastrophic disability coverage , as well as a life insurance policy. The difference: a critical illness policy will pay a lump sum benefit on the diagnosis of a covered illness.
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Why Critical Illness
Basically, there are two main reasons why you can benefit by having critical illness coverage in your insurance portfolio.
1. People are simply living longer. Today, with medical advances and technology, someone who would have died from a critical illness 30 years ago can survive.
2. Many of the costs associated with critical illnesses are not covered by traditional health insurance. For example, approximately two-thirds of all cancer-related costs are indirect costs, or non-medical in nature, which are not covered by any other type of insurance. Some examples:
Because traditional life insurance cannot meet these needs, insurance companies are now offering critical illness insurance to fill this gap.
One last note: critical illness insurance should not be confused with an "accelerated death benefit" rider on life insurance. An accelerated death benefit rider typically requires that death is imminent within 6 to 12 months.
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