Health & Life Insurance
What Is Health Insurance?
Health Insurance is probably one of the most important types of insurance you can own. Without it, an illness or accident can have serious long-term financial implications for you and your family.
Most people will be aware that Health Insurance can cover the cost of private medical treatment for any acute conditions you may suffer in the future – from something as simple as a broken bone to more serious conditions like a heart attack or cancer.
However, there are a number of other types of Health-related Insurance policies which are worthy of serious consideration:
- Critical Illness
- Income Protection
Some of these policy types cover the scenario where you are unfortunately unable to work because of illness or injury. Knowing that the regular household payments will be made and your financial commitments met during a difficult period in your life can offer peace of mind for the future.
The range of coverage varies depending on the type of plan, and as with any type of insurance, there are exclusions and limitations. To understand these, you would need to read your policy to find out what is covered and what is not.
Premiums are normally paid to the insurance company either monthly or annually.
What Is Life Assurance?
The main purpose of Life Assurance is to provide money for those people who may depend on you financially, in the event that something should happen to you. These people could include family members or business partners.
It can provide the reassurance of financial protection for you, your family and your business associates.
A Life Assurance policy pays out a sum of money when the person who is covered by the plan dies. The money is intended to pay off any outstanding debts and support your dependants financially by providing them with a further lump sum or a regular income if you die.
Even if there are no dependants who may be financially affected by your death, some Life Assurance policies could go towards covering funeral costs.
The type of Life Assurance and the amount of cover will depend on an individual’s particular circumstances and requirements. Factors to consider will include age, dependants, level of income and financial liabilities.
Premiums are normally paid to the insurance company either monthly or annually for a fixed period of time or in some cases, until death.
Types Of Life Assurance
While the overall concept of Life Assurance is fairly easy to understand, there are some complexities.
Most importantly, there are different types of Life Assurance products, covering Term Assurance, Whole of Life, Endowment policies and others.
However, because of the many options and flexibility, Life Assurance can be a powerful instrument in your financial planning toolkit.
Please be aware that this type of assurance is based on an assessment of the health of the applicant.