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Preparing for the unexpected: The importance of Critical Illness Insurance

Individuals may face a temporary or lasting incapacity to work due to a Critical Illness event or Trauma event. 

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This can lead to a ripple effect on one's lifestyle, impacting everything from bill payments to the physical and financial support of one's family. Critical Illness, whether stemming from accidents, illnesses, or unforeseen circumstances, has the potential to disrupt lives in unforeseen ways.

Critical Illness Insurance, (Trauma Insurance) is a type of life insurance cover that offers a financial benefit if the condition and severity are covered by the policy. If a benefit is payable, it may provide the ability to cover day to day living expenses, allow the insured to seek medical care and options related to their illness, and support the insured’s family’s quality of life during the insured’s treatment. This financial 'cushion' may provide the ability to focus on recovery without worrying about the financial impact of the illness or injury.

Benefits of having Critical Illness Insurance (Trauma Insurance)

The versatility of a Critical Illness benefit offers the freedom to use the funds according to one's needs, whether for medical treatment, rehabilitation, mortgage payments, or other expenses. Insufficient insurance coverage can rapidly deplete an individual's savings when faced with these financial burdens. Critical Illness cover extends to specified serious events like heart attacks, cancer, or strokes, though this list is not exhaustive.

Having Critical Illness Insurance (Trauma Insurance) may be a prudent and responsible choice, depending on the circumstances. It provides the financial security and peace of mind to navigate recovery. Having a Critical Illness insurance policy in place may provide the ability to financially support the costs involved in treatment and recovery when life takes an unexpected turn. There may also be additional benefits and options which can be added to a Critical Illness Insurance policy at an additional cost. These key features may include, but are not limited to (and will vary between insurers and different policies):

  • Inflation protection: An option to annually increase the insured amount to account for inflation.
  • Premium freeze: An option to lock in the premium while decreasing the insured amount.
  • Guaranteed future insurability: An option to boost coverage without the need for underwriting, triggered by specific life events such as having a baby.
  • Grief support: A service assisting customers and their families.
  • Financial planning: May provide a payment to aid customers and their families in working with a financial planner.

Critical Illness Insurance is generally available as a stand-alone policy or can be associated with a Life insurance or Total and Permanent Disability policy. Choosing linked policies might result in overall lower premiums compared to maintaining each insurance type separately. The reason behind this is that, in linked policies, a payout on one policy (such as Critical Illness) tends to decrease the coverage amount on the interconnected policy (like death cover). In contrast, stand-alone policies operate independently, meaning a claim on one policy (e.g., Critical Illness) does not affect the coverage amount on another policy (e.g., death cover).

Child's Critical Illness insurance is also a life insurance option available by most insurance providers. Similarly, it provides a lump sum benefit in the event that a child experiences a Critical Illness (or Trauma) meeting the severity criteria. This can offer essential financial reassurance if the policyholder's child faces a critical illness, and the policyholder is unable to work. This gives the insured the ability to support their child through medical treatments and recovery without the need to juggle work. It's important to note that there are usually limits on the coverage amounts. For further information contact the insurance provider or visit the TAL Website.  

Illnesses and injuries not covered under a Critical Illness Insurance or Trauma Insurance policy

When acquiring any insurance cover, it is important to understand the terms, conditions, and exclusions outlined in each policy. The Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) serves as a valuable resource for obtaining more detailed information about each type of coverage. Key aspects to consider encompass common terms, conditions, and exclusions, such as:

A pre-existing conditions

Pre-existing conditions are conditions the person insured had prior to taking out the policy. Critical Illness policies may exclude cover for pre-existing conditions, so it is best to understand the terms of the policy.

Many Critical Illness policies will have a qualifying period for certain Critical Illness events, which means if the specified Critical Illness occurs after the policy is purchased but within the qualifying period, the policy will not cover that Critical Illness.

Medical condition exclusions

Not all Critical Illnesses are covered, and severity of illnesses are defined. These illnesses and definitions will vary between policies. For example, not all cancers are covered.

Closing the health insurance gap with Critical Illness cover or Trauma Insurance cover

While health insurance covers many medical expenses, it may not cover all the costs associated with a critical illness (or trauma event). There may be non-medical expenses that health insurance does not address. Critical Illness cover may fill these gaps, helping with out-of-pocket expenses that can strain finances.

When considering Critical Illness Insurance (or Trauma Insurance), it is essential to carefully review policy terms and compare policies from different insurers to choose the right coverage. With the right policy in place, the insured can face the uncertainties of life with more confidence and resilience.

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Important information 

Any financial product advice provided on this website is of a general nature only and does not take into account your personal circumstances. BankSA refers customers to TAL Life Limited ABN 70 050 109 450 AFSL 237848 (TAL Life), the issuer of life insurance policies. TAL Life is part of the TAL Dai-ichi Life Australia Pty Ltd ABN 97 150 070 483 group of companies (TAL). If you purchase a life insurance policy as a result of a referral from us, BankSA will receive a commission of 10% of your premiums (exclusive of GST) for the period you continue to hold a policy.

Before purchasing life insurance, you should read the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) and the Target Market Determination (TMD) to help you decide if life insurance is appropriate to your objectives, circumstances and needs. You can obtain the PDS and TMD from TAL’s website or by calling TAL on 1300 346 705.

By accessing TAL’s website, you will enter a third-party site not owned by BankSA. Any personal information you provide to TAL's website will be collected, used, and disclosed in accordance with TAL's Privacy Statement and Privacy Policy, also available on their website.

If you would like help deciding whether life insurance is right for you, we recommend speaking to a financial adviser.