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Critical illness insurance provides financial security for you and your loved ones in the event you become critically ill. If you’re affected by a major medical emergency and have to go through lengthy treatment or give up work, a policy payout can help to cover expenses and living costs during your recovery.
Find out more about critical illness cover below, or start your free online quote to compare policies from over 200 of the UK’s leading insurance providers.
Critical illness can affect anyone at any time so having a policy in place to provide financial stability helps relieve pressure and allows you to focus on your recovery. If you have dependents that rely on your income, Critical Illness Cover allows you to provide financial support when you are no longer able to work.
Provide all of the required personal information such as age, occupation and current health conditions in order to generate a policy quote based on your current circumstances.
Based on your current circumstances and what you need to be covered for, you can customise your policy and add any extras or additional coverage you may need.
Once you have chosen your provider and taken out your life insurance policy, you’ll start making the agreed monthly payments that are stated in your policy agreement.
In the event of your death (or pre- agreed diagnosis of terminal illness), yourself or your loved ones are then able to make a claim on your policy. A lump sum will be paid to the chosen recipient.
Critical Illness covers a specified list of illnesses and conditions. The conditions covered varies from insurer to Your critical illness insurance policy will cover a specific selection of conditions and illnesses. These can often differ depending on the provider you choose so be sure to check comparison quotes carefully so you know what you’re insured against.
You can typically expect a Critical Illness policy to cover:
Each insurer has different definitions of these illnesses and some providers will only pay a claim if you have permanent and lasting symptoms. Less severe conditions may also not be covered so remember to check your policy documents carefully.
In 2018, insurer Royal London reported that the most common reasons for a Critical Illness claim were cancer (64%), heart attack (11%), stroke (8%) and multiple sclerosis (4%).
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