Critical Illness Cover is designed to ease financial hardship should you become seriously ill. It pays out a tax-free lump sum if you are diagnosed with a major illness, for example heart disease, types of cancer, a stroke or multiple sclerosis.
The actual illnesses covered vary from provider to provider, and you can opt which illness/es you want to cover but be aware that the policy will only pay out, if you are diagnosed with the conditions you are covered for. In this event, the insurance company will usually pay out after a specified survival period.
Many insurers will make a part payment for an early-stage diagnosis of a condition specified, but again, the amount will vary from depending on your chosen provider.
According to Cancer Research UK, around 367,000 people get diagnosed with cancer each year in the UK – that’s around 1,000 every single day!
Based on that figure alone and considering just how many lives are affected by other critical illnesses, it is surprising that more people do not take out Critical Illness insurance.
Critical illness cover is sometimes combined with other types of insurance and may even provide an investment element so that, for example, a given sum will be paid out on the death of the insured