Siddharth buys a car and even before he leaves the showroom, he has his insurance papers in hand. Not only the mandatory basic car insurance, Siddharth has also invested in additional policies and riders to make sure that every inch of his precious possession is insured. He wants his car to be protected from unforeseen mishaps.
However, does Siddharth think of protecting himself in such a way? If yes, then why doesn't he have a critical illness plan yet? Like Siddharth, many of us just buy a basic life insurance cover and think it to be sufficient. But did you know, that just like your car can get hit suddenly without any prior notice, your body can also face a similar 'attack' from a number of critical illnesses like stroke and heart attack? As a result, it becomes extremely important to get a critical illness plan that wholesomely protects you from a host of critical illnesses, just like a motor insurance protects a vehicle against unforeseen happenings.
Understanding a critical illness plan
Any illness that can potentially lead to death is called a critical illness. Illnesses such as cancer, stroke, kidney failure, etc are listed as critical. Once diagnosed, not only the patient, but also his family goes through a very traumatic phase. Apart from having to deal with the emotional stress, a lot of monetary pressure builds up. These illnesses often require expensive surgeries, organ transplants and even foreign trips for treatment. A critical illness plan helps at such a time by providing a lump sum amount of money that can be used in the recovery process.
Diseases covered by a critical illness plan
While the number of diseases sometimes varies from company to company, some diseases find a permanent place in most plans across insurers. They are:
- Heart attack
- Bypass surgery
- Kidney failure
- Organ transplants
Exclusions in a critical illness plan
There are some exclusions in a critical illness plan that you should be aware of. You will not be eligible for a reimbursement:
- If the illness was diagnosed before the policy was purchased
- If the patient dies within 30 days of diagnosis
- If injuries are caused due to war, terrorist attacks, etc
- If the patient has HIV/AIDS
- If the illness was stemmed by complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.
Need for the additional plan
people may ask why they require a critical illness plan if they already have a health insurance plan
. The answer is quite simple. The critical illnesses mentioned above are very expensive to treat and more often than not, a regular policy fails to cover the costs. And since we live in a world so exposed to health threats, it makes a lot of sense to stay protected against these very commonly occurring critical illnesses.
So get yourself a critical illness plan if you haven't already. Insurance experts quite rightly call it a necessity in today's day and age where stress, pollution and competition lead to multiple health problems frequently.
The author is the CEO of MyInsuranceClub.com, an online insurance price & features comparison portal
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