Do you need critical illness cover ( also known as 36 dread diseases cover)?
YES! Everybody need it. Don’t ever think that you will be healthy all the time. The fact is that humans health deteriorate over time. I have seen children suffered from cancer and kidney failures too. It is scary if you ever imagine these dreadful diseases strike us someday.
If you suffered such an illness you would be able to obtain cover that would allow you to receive a lump sum to help with recuperation, medical costs, payment of your mortgage, regular payments to replace your income.
Before we go in dept, you must understand that critical illness cover is totally different from hospitalization and surgical coverage (most widely known as health card or medical card). Here is the layman explanation:
Critical illness cover pay you directly a lump sum
Medical Card pay the medical expenses incur during your hospitalization, paid directly to the hospital, not you. ( in some cases, it might be a reimbursement where you pay first, and claim later)
So now the question is how much coverage do you need? I will show you two methods to calculate the sum assured you require which will meet your current needs. The first method is a very simple estimation. The second one is a bit complicated. If you follow my explanation and steps below, it is quite an accurate and easy to follow method of calculation.
First Method: Income Replacement Calculation
For most of the critical illnesses, it takes from several months to several years for treatment and recovery. For the industry benchmark, a person can definitely afford coverage of 3 years of his current annual income. Put it simple:
Sum assured you need = 3 times your annual income
Example: Paul earn $50,000 a year, he should buy $150,000 sum assured cover for critical illness. The insurance premium for his policy shouldn’t exceed 10% of his annual income ($5000/year).
You might be curious â€“ Why 3 years income? Actually, it is a simple way of estimation. Just imagine that if you suffer from cancer, how long is the holiday you desire? If you bought 3 years of your income coverage, you can take 3 years off from your work for medical treatment. If you can afford higher coverage, it is certainly better.
Second Method: Expenses EstimationÂ
Using this method, you will need to specify or estimate the expenses you need if you are strike by one of the dread diseases. I will use an easy example to illustrate how the needs can be calculated:
Paul’s monthly expenses:
1.Â Â Â Â Â Mortgage – $1500/month
2.Â Â Â Â Â Car installment – $600/month
3.Â Â Â Â Â Daily expenses (food, cloths, grocery etc) – $1000/month
4.Â Â Â Â Â Medication – $500/month
Please take note that hospitalization and surgical benefit do not cover long term medication fees.
Total monthly expenses for Paul is $3600. You would have to estimate the number of years it takes to recover from an illness. This is a difficult one. Cancer might need 1-3 years. Kidney failure – will never recover. Coronary by-pass surgery â€“ 3-6 months after successful surgery. It all depends on how long you want to rest and stop working! Let’s say Paul require at least 2 years off.
Sum assured required = Monthly expenses estimated x 12 x number of years
Sum assured required = $3600 x 12 x 2 = $86,400
Insurance plan currently available for critical illnesses coverage in Malaysia:
Great Eastern â€“ Supreme Livin’ Care Plus, Greatlife Portfolio Insurance, Living Assurance Benefit Rider
AIA â€“ Anniversary Life, AIA Assurance Account
Prudential â€“ PruLink Assurance Plan, Crisis Cover Plus
ING â€“ ING Prime Life Insurance, ING Critical Cover, ING Living Cover
The amount you are insured for critical illness determine your lifestyle during the disaster.
Over insured â€“ You will never have to worried about money. Just be happy and get yourself healed 🙂
Adequately insured â€“ You will be able to maintain your current lifestyle. Life goes on.
Under insured â€“ Your family members suffered together. Why do you want to make it hard for them? Don’t you love them?
If you think you can’t afford to buy adequate sum assured, can you afford the risk to see the suffering of your family?
Write in the comment or contact me for customized plan. I would like to know what you think about getting insured with critical illness coverage too.