How do critical illness and terminal illness insurance differ?
Critical illness insurance and terminal illness insurance are not the same.
In fact, there are very important differences and understanding these differences is vital to avoid problems where a claim is being made.
What are the main differences between critical illness and terminal illness insurance?
Terminal illness is included within most life insurance policies. The policy will be paid out where a doctor/ clinician has diagnosed the policyholder as having an illness from which they will not recover, and will pass away within 12 months. After such a diagnosis, a claim can then be made, and the insurance company will pay the full benefit, so it is in effect an advanced life insurance policy payment. This allows the policyholder and their family to deal with their affairs before they pass away.
Critical illnesses are increasingly less likely to be deemed “Terminal” and are far more common, which is why a Critical illness insurance policy costs more than a life insurance policy.
Most people arrange critical illness policies to provide some financial security in the event that they are diagnosed with a listed serious illness.
What does a critical illness policy cover?
Examples of Critical illnesses are major cancers, heart attack, stroke, neurological disease. These four main illnesses make up close to 90% of critical illness claims in the UK. Click here for more info about UK claims statistics.
Critical illness policies commonly cover 40-80 specific conditions, such as cancer, heart attack or a stroke. A more comprehensive policy could also include partial payments for Children’s Critical Illness without affecting the main cover.
If a policyholder is diagnosed with a listed illness (as defined in the provider’s terms and conditions), the insurance benefit will be paid out. Many people go on to recover from a critical illness, which is the main difference between critical illness cover and life insurance including terminal illness benefit.
Whilst you are welcome to get a quote online, we would recommend you speak to one of our advisers.
Any quote that your adviser provides you with will take into account your circumstances and medical history, as well as your budget!
An online quote is just that – a quote – it isn’t a definite offer of cover. What really matters is the premium you are offered, after your application has been assessed.
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