• Serious and critical illness cover

    A helping hand for you and your loved ones

What is critical illness cover?

Serious and critical illness cover is a type of insurance that provides financial protection in the event of a diagnosis of a specified serious or critical illness. It offers a lump sum payment to the policyholder upon the diagnosis of a covered illness, helping to alleviate financial burdens associated with medical treatments, lifestyle adjustments, or other related expenses. The covered illnesses may include major health conditions such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, organ failure, or other significant medical conditions specified in the policy. Serious and critical illness cover aims to provide individuals with a financial safety net, allowing them to focus on their recovery and well-being without worrying about the financial impact of their illness.

How does critical illness cover work?

When a policyholder is diagnosed with a covered critical illness, they can make a claim on their insurance policy. Upon successful claim approval, the insurance company will pay out the predetermined lump sum amount. The policyholder has the flexibility to use the lump sum payment as needed, whether it's to cover medical expenses, seek specialised treatments, make necessary lifestyle adjustments, or to address any financial obligations during the critical illness period. Critical illness cover aims to provide financial support and alleviate the potential financial burdens associated with a severe medical condition, allowing policyholders to focus on their health and recovery.

The best time to get critical illness cover is before you need it

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Not having critical illness cover can lead to significant problems if you are diagnosed with a severe medical condition. Without this coverage, you may face various challenges, such as the financial burden of expensive medical treatments, specialised care, or experimental therapies that may be necessary for your condition. Additionally, the loss of income due to the inability to work during the treatment and recovery period can create financial strain and jeopardize your ability to meet day-to-day expenses, mortgage or rent payments, and other financial obligations. The lack of a lump sum payout from critical illness cover can also limit your options for seeking alternative treatments or accessing necessary support services. Overall, the absence of critical illness cover can intensify the financial and emotional stress associated with a severe medical condition, potentially impacting your quality of life and ability to focus on your recovery.

Please note: if premium payments are not maintained, the benefits of the plan will be put at risk. If premium payments cease altogether, the benefits of the plan will cease. The cover may be less than you need if you do not review it regularly.

What are the benefits?

1. Financial Security

Critical illness cover provides a lump sum payment upon the diagnosis of a covered critical illness. This financial payout offers a level of financial security, helping to cover medical expenses, treatment costs, and other financial obligations during the critical illness period.

2. Flexibility in Use

The lump sum payout received from critical illness cover can be used as needed. It allows flexibility in allocating funds, whether for medical treatments, rehabilitation, modifications to living arrangements, or addressing any financial gaps due to the inability to work.

3. Access to Specialised Treatments

Critical illness cover enables individuals to explore and pursue specialised treatments or therapies that may not be covered by traditional health insurance. It provides financial resources to access cutting-edge medical interventions or seek treatment options that align with personal preferences and needs.

4. Replacement of Lost Income

If a critical illness prevents you from working, the lump sum payment from critical illness cover can help replace lost income during the treatment and recovery period. This helps to maintain financial stability and cover essential living expenses.

5. Peace of Mind

Having critical illness cover offers peace of mind by alleviating financial concerns during a challenging time. It allows individuals to focus on their health and recovery without the added stress of financial burdens.

6. Additional Support Services

Some critical illness cover policies may offer additional support services, such as access to medical advice, second opinions, counselling services, or specialised care coordination. These services can further assist in navigating the healthcare system and provide comprehensive support during the critical illness journey.

7. Enhanced Protection for Loved Ones

The lump sum payment received from critical illness cover can also benefit your loved ones. It can help alleviate their financial burden, cover shared expenses, or provide funds for any necessary adjustments or lifestyle changes that may be required during your illness.

8. Coverage for Specific Critical Illnesses

Critical illness cover typically includes a list of specified critical illnesses covered by the policy. This ensures that you are protected against the financial impact of major health conditions, such as cancer, heart attack, stroke, organ failure, or other significant medical conditions outlined in the policy.

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It's a three stage process

1. Assessing your Needs

The first step involves evaluating your financial circumstances, obligations, and goals to determine the amount and type of life insurance coverage you require. Consider factors such as your income, debt, dependents, future expenses (e.g., education costs), and any existing savings or insurance coverage. Assessing your needs helps you determine the appropriate coverage amount and policy type that aligns with your specific situation.

2. Comparing & Choosing Policies

Once you have assessed your needs, the next step is to research and compare different life insurance policies offered by various insurance providers. Consider factors such as coverage options (e.g., term life or whole life), premium costs, policy duration, policy features, and any additional riders or benefits offered. Compare the policies carefully to find the one that best suits your needs and budget.

3. Applying & Underwriting

After choosing a life insurance policy, you will need to complete the application process. This typically involves filling out an application form provided by the insurance company. The application may require you to provide personal information, lifestyle habits, medical history, and undergo a medical examination or provide other relevant documentation. The insurance company will review your application and assess your insurability. This process is known as underwriting, and it helps the insurance company determine your premium rate and policy eligibility.

Once the application and underwriting process is complete, and your application is approved, you will be issued a life insurance policy. You will receive the policy documents, which outline the coverage details, premium amount, policy term, and any other relevant terms and conditions. It's important to review the policy thoroughly and ensure that you understand the coverage and any exclusions or limitations associated with the policy.

It's important to note that the process and specific steps may vary depending on the insurance provider and policy. 


Working with a insurance professional can guide you through the process, help you understand the options available, and ensure that you complete each step accurately and efficiently.