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Understanding Critical Illness Insurance: What You Need to Know

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Overview

In the world of insurance, Critical Illness Insurance is your armor against life’s unexpected twists.

Mr. Ram Kumar is a 38-year-old working professional with a wife and 2 kids. He was working hard to provide the best for his family and things were going exactly as planned. But 2 months back, something happened that changed everything. On a Sunday afternoon, he had a very severe heart attack and doctors saved him somehow, but half his body was paralyzed. This made them suffer not only mentally but also financially. He did not have critical illness cover which could have supported his family financially. Hence, here we are to discuss the coverages, needs and benefits of critical illness cover.

What’s Critical Illness Insurance?

A Critical Illness Insurance policy covers the insured financially, against life-threatening critical diseases such as heart attack, renal failure, cancer, organ failure, paralysis etc. by providing a lump sum coverage amount that can cover exorbitant medical expenses for critical illnesses as covered under the insurance policy.

Why Do You Need It?

Healthcare costs in India are rising rapidly, and a serious illness not only affects your health but can also hit your wallet hard. Critical Illness Insurance steps in when regular health insurance might not be enough, giving you financial support when you need it most. It bridges the gap left by traditional health insurance, ensuring that individuals and families are adequately protected from the potentially crippling financial impact of severe illnesses.

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Rahul has a medical insurance policy for Rs. 10 lacs and he thought that everything is taken care of. But last summer, when he was detected with kidney failure, the medical insurance covered the cost of transplant but due to 6-month bed rest, he lost his job. This put him under great financial stress and this a situation where a critical policy comes as a savior.

Please understand that medical insurance only covers the medical costs while critical illness like paralysis or organ failure might lead to a long bed rest thus affecting your earning ability. Thus, the lump sum claim amount received from a critical illness policy can safeguard you and your family against such risks.

Key Points to Look for

  1. Comprehensive Illness Coverage: Seek out policies that offer a broad spectrum of coverage, encompassing major illnesses such as cancer, heart attacks, strokes, and organ transplants.
  2. Flexibility with Lump Sum Payouts: Opt for plans that provide a lump sum payout, granting you the autonomy to allocate funds according to your specific needs.
  3. Understanding Waiting Periods: Familiarize yourself with waiting periods before a claim can be made. These waiting periods may vary across insurance providers.

Choosing Your Plan

  • Know Your Needs: Think about your lifestyle, family history, and current health coverage to figure out how much coverage you need and the type of critical illness that should be covered without fail.
  • Know the policy: Check out Critical Illness Insurance from different companies. Look at how much coverage you get, how much you pay, and any extra perks.
  • Read the Fine Print: Take your time going through the policy details. Understand what illnesses are covered, what are the exclusions, and how to make a claim.
  • Decide the sum insured wisely: Looking at your expenses and income graph, at least take a sum insured that in case of losing your income can support you with basic expenses.
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In a Nutshell

Critical Illness Insurance is a must buy for securing you against heavy financial losses, especially if you are the primary earning member of your family. It brings peace of mind when life throws curveballs at your health. As you explore options in the Indian insurance scene, make a choice that keeps you and your wallet safe.

Remember, a small investment now can make a big difference later.

Stay healthy, stay covered!

By- Chirag Nihalani

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