Specified Illness Insurance
- Protecting you and your family in the event of a serious illness
Cancer, heart disease and stroke are the main three serious illnesses affecting men and women in Ireland today. These three serious illnesses are covered by your specified illness policy in addition to a range of other specified illnesses. The good news is that many illnesses previously thought incurable are now being treated successfully. With survival rates increasing, a specified illness insurance policy now makes more sense than ever before. One of our 7 providers paid out over € 35.8 million in specified illness claims in 2011 with over half of these for customers aged under 50.
Specified Illness Insurance or Serious Illness Insurance is an insurance policy which pays out a single tax free lump sum if you are diagnosed with a specified serious illness within the term of the policy.
A Specified Illness Insurance policy is different from a private medical insurance policy with, for example providers such as VHI, BUPA, QUINN etc. A Specified Illness Insurance policy pays out a single tax free cash lump sum if you are diagnosed with a specified illness. A private medical insurance policy does not pay out a lump sum but does pay for your medical or hospital care.
You can take out a Specified Illness Insurance policy on a standalone basis (specified illness only) or as additional cover to your Life Insurance or Mortgage Protection policy (life cover and specified illness cover).
The specified illnesses covered are available on request and in all cases will be defined in your policy document. Should you be diagnosed with one of the illnesses specified in your policy, you will receive a once-off lump sum payment to help you cope with household bills, mortgage payments, unreimbursed medical bills and other expenses.
|WHAT’S COVERED?*||WHAT’S NOT COVERED?*|
|√ Cancer (invasive), as specified in your policy document.||X Illnesses caused due to self harming or solvent abuse|
|√ Heart Attack, as specified in your policy document||X Illnesses caused by drug or alcohol abuse|
|√ Stroke, as specified in your policy document||X Illnesses which occur from a pre – existing condition which was not disclosed on the application form.|
|√ Motor Neurone Disease, as specified in your policy document.||X Illnesses resulting from dangerous or criminal activities.|
√ Alzheimer’s Disease, as specified in your policy document.
|X Psychiatric illnesses.|
|√ Blindness (total and irreversible), as specified in your policy document.||X Orthopaedic illnesses.|
*Note: The list above is not exhaustive. Specified Illnesses which are covered vary from policy to policy. Only those outlined in your policy document are covered. Comparison of Specified Illnesses covered by competing life companies is available on request.
You should consider a Specified Illness Insurance policy in the following circumstances:
- You have children and/or other dependents: if you do not have any other type of serious illness cover in place, you should consider a Specified Illness policy to help you and your family cope financially should you be diagnosed with one of the Specified Illnesses. This cover could prove vital in helping you overcome the potential loss of earned income and the burden of unreimbursed medical and rehabilitation costs.
- You have outstanding loans or debts: a Specified Illness insurance policy will ensure you can still service your loans and debts should you be diagnosed with a specified illness and are unable to earn an income.
The cost of Specified Illness cover is higher than the cost of Life cover because the chance of getting a specified serious illness is greater. The cost of a Specified Illness Insurance policy varies from person to person and depends on a number of factors, including:
- Your age
- Your gender
- Your smoking status
- The amount of cover you require
- The term of the policy
- Your health and medical history
How Can I Get Further Information on Specified Illness Insurance?
For further information on Specified Illness Insurance or for a competitive quote, call our team today on 021427 7000 or email us .