Critical Illness Cover: A Guide

What types of policy are available?

A wide choice of policy is available. So it is important that you choose the policy and cover that is right for you.

You can choose critical illness cover as an extra benefit on a life assurance policy. This usually means that the policy pays out if you die or suffer a critical illness. These plans generally only pay out once and then end – so they don’t continue to provide life cover after paying a critical illness claim.

Many people want to protect their mortgage, and most mortgage plans allow you to include life cover and critical illness cover.

You may prefer to buy critical illness cover as a separate plan, for example if you already have all the life cover you need.

You should also thinks about how long you want the cover for. You can choose cover for a set number of years, perhaps until your mortgage is paid off. Or you can choose a plan that has no fixed period, so you can keep the cover for as long as you need it.

Many plans automatically provide some critical illness cover for our children. If you have a family, you may want to consider a plan with this benefit.

Your financial adviser of insurance company will be able to help you decide which type of plan will best meet your needs, as well as answering any questions you have about the policy you are considering.

This document is reproduced with the permission of ABI – The Association of British Insurers.

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