Critical Illness Insurance Basics
It’s estimated in Canada this year over 75 thousand Canadians will be diagnosed with Cancer while another 1.3 million of Canadians are living with Heart Disease.Critical Illness Insurance is a living benefit policy that provides a lump sum payout if diagnosed with a serious illness. Critical illness insurance is designed to offset this unexpected hardship on a family. Some of the common issues when diagnosed with a critical illness include:
- Having to pay for medical coverage outside of the Provincial health plan or group benefit plan
- Reducing your hours at your work
- Set aside funds for things such as paying a mortgage or university savings
- Renovations to the home to accommodate and make accessible
- Drugs not covered by a Provincial Health Plan
- Homecare and Nursing support
The need for critical illness insurance continues to be an important part of Canadians financial plan. A medical condition such as the ones covered in a critical illness policy can have a catastrophic effect on a household.
Simple Issue Critical Illness – Non Medical Application
Many Insurance companies recently in order to make coverage accessible and affordable for Canadians have introduced Simple Issue Policies.
The policy requires a medical declaration and has the following features:
- Provides coverage with a few questions and payment.
- The coverage will be for 5 of the major critical illness conditions
- It’s an affordable path to protect yourself.
- The conditions covered consist of Cancer, Heart Attack, Stroke,Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery and Aortic Surgery.
- Tax free funds Payout
- Return of Premium available
- No height and weight requirements
- No family history required
Critical Illness Full Coverage
The application will require more details about your medical history, family history and a Paramedical will be needed.
This policy features:
- Coverage of up to 26 serious medical conditions
- Add ons such as Return of Premium available
- Variety of Options: Term 10, Term 20, Term to age 75, Permanent coverage can be purchased
- Issue ages 18-60
Can you get Critical Illness insurance after Cancer? Heart Attack? or Any other Critical Illness Diagnosis?
This is dependant on the insurers moratorium period and what exclusions are put in place. We would suggest a simplified policy in a majority of cases.
Is Critical Illness Insurance Needed / Worth it? Critical illness Pros and Cons
It’s sensible to weigh the value of any product you may want to add to your Financial Portfolio. Critical Illness pays out when other policies may not such as Disability Insurance or Life Insurance. The money is received tax free and can be used however you see fit. The policy can be designed to have a return of premium so if you don’t use it, you won’t lose the money you paid into the policy.
What if I just put the amount I would’ve spent on a Critical Illness Insurance premium into a Secured investment?
A secured investment such as a Segregated fund may already be prioritized for things such as your retirement fund. Critical illness can act as a way to protect you from cashing out things like an RRSP or GIC. Since these investments may also carry Penalties, tax implications etc. you may not end up with what you put into it.
Critical Illness is an effective way to protect yourself and family should you be diagnosed with a major illness. Contact us today for a free no obligation quote and we can put together the plan that’s right for you.