Taking up critical illness cover provides you with piece of mind. If the worst should happen, and you are diagnosed with one of the recognised serious illnesses, then your policy can pay out a monetary sum to cover both the initial expenses relating to your treatment as well as the ongoing costs incurred during your recovery.
However many people grossly underestimate the amount of critical illness cover they really need. Though you may consider that if you were ill you would only require your policy to cover any loss of income you incur, consider all the other activities that you carry out which someone may need to do on your behalf.
If you are a parent, then it may be the case that you will no longer be able to care for your children or take such an active part in their lives. If you want to ensure that your kids have as much stability and continuity as possible when you are ill, then you may need to find additional funds to cover childcare, transportation and even residential care should you need to spend some time away from the home for treatment.
For those that live alone or do not want to put the onus of nursing on a loved one, critical illness cover may also need to help with the financial cost of housekeeping, basic laundry and even personal care when you are unable to support yourself.
Once you have recovered from your illness, it may be necessary to change your lifestyle to ensure a continued and healthy future. If this means reducing your hours at work, transferring jobs or completely changing your career, the financial implications can be immense but the right critical illness cover can help.
An individual is five times more likely to rely on critical illness cover than the standard life cover taken up with the average mortgage. And though taking the first step in acquiring critical illness protection is a great way to start, ensuring that your cover is going to be sufficient when your situation changes is essential for your ongoing peace of mind and the security of your family.
Conversely there also a number of people who hold critical illness cover above the level that is strictly required. Individuals who have been oversold this type of protection will pay out higher premiums than they really need to, increasing their monthly costs unnecessarily.
Critical illness cover is a relatively cheap type of insurance and getting the cover right is essential to ensure you have everything you need if the worst should happen without surplus monthly costs that could affect your situation today.
To make sure you have the cover appropriate to you and are not either under or over insured, talk to an independent insurance broker about your needs and personal situation. They will be able to provide experienced and professional advice to ensure that you have the protection to keep prepared no matter what hurdles life may throw your way.