Critical illness insurance is an insurance policy which will pay out a tax-free cash lump sum to you in the event that you suffer a major illness or health condition. As life expectancy increases due to improvements in the early diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as heart disease and cancer, those living with the after-effects of such health problems has increased and, for many, the burden of extra costs associated with such illnesses can be significant. Such costs can include the need to make up for lost or reduced income while you were too ill to work (or for your spouse to take care of you), paying for caregivers, modifying or purchasing new cars, houses or other equipment to support your needs to name but a few. With the Canadian Cancer Society recently reporting that the survival rate for cancer is now over 60%, with many other cancers far exceeding this rate, considering how you would cope financially in such a situation has become a pressing concern for many.
Everybody understands the value of life insurance and most of us who take our finances seriously have a solid life insurance policy in place. But what happens if you are unlucky enough to sustain a serious illness, chronic disease or disability which prevents you from working?
Your ability to earn income is your most valuable asset. Disability insurance is designed to protect you from a possible loss of income.
A life insurance policy is a means by which to safeguard the financial interests of your family in the event of your death. Usually the policy offers a cash sum, which is paid tax free, to your dependents or named beneficiaries on the policy which can help them with costs such as outstanding debts or funeral costs, as well as enabling them to maintain their standard of living if you die.
Life insurance policies are legally binding contracts and cover specific details such as the price of the insurance premiums, the length of the contract and how long it will cover you for and the sum that will be paid out to your beneficiaries if you die.
In addition to the main use of life insurance that we have discussed above, such policies can also be financially beneficial to you in other ways:
We can help you figure out what makes sense in your situation.