Critical Illness

By: The Living Benefits Group  09-12-2011
Keywords: health care, Health Insurance

C ritical Illness Insurance is health care coverage that you need to help protect your lifestyle and recover from a serious illness or condition. Facing a critical illness can be one of the most difficult challenges in life. There is so much to consider—making decisions about your care, remaining financially stable, meeting your family’s day-to-day needs, coping with the emotional stress and more. Critical illness insurance from is designed to help you and your family when you need it most. The tax free benefit provided by Critical Illness Insurance can help you to pay bills or reduce debt, seek alternative care such as Naturopathic treatment and medication or allow your spouse the means to be able to take a leave of absence from work to support you in your time.

Why do you need critical illness insurance?

While healthy lifestyle choices can be your best defense against some health risks, a critical illness such as cancer, stroke or heart disease can strike anyone at any time. Consider the following:

• One in three Canadians will develop a life-threatening cancer

• One in two heart attack victims are under 65 years old

• Each year, 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke. Of all stroke victims, 75% will be left with a disability

Expenses such as private nursing or modifications to your home or vehicle to improve your mobility won't be covered under your provincial health insurance plan and may not be covered under typical employer-sponsored health plans. Then there are the other challenges that critical illnesses bring—such as finding the best medical care, meeting day-to-day needs (like caring for your children), and managing the stress and anxiety.

Critical illness insurance provides a lump-sum benefit to help support you financially, if you are diagnosed with and survive a covered critical illness. You can use this benefit payment to supplement your health insurance plan and any group disability coverage you may have:

Reduce your financial burden: Pay off or reduce your mortgage, credit cards or other debts. Help keep your business running.

Maintain your independence: Modify your home or vehicle to improve your mobility. Hire domestic help during your recovery. Fund a leave of absence for yourself or your spouse.

Access cutting-edge medical services: In Canada, pay for medications and treatment not covered by provincial health plans. Outside Canada, pay for treatment that may not be available at home, in addition to your family’s travel and lodging expenses.

Assist in your recovery any way you choose: Spend more time with your family or use the benefit in other ways that can help you focus on getting well. What's more, with critical illness insurance, you may not have to go into debt or withdraw money from your retirement savings to remain financially stable and independent during your recovery.

Keywords: health care, Health Insurance

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