This type of cover is also sometimes referred to as Specified Illness Cover or Critical Illness Insurance.
Irrespective of the term used it normally pays out a tax free lump sum on the diagnosis of certain specified major illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, renal failure, cancer, paralysis, major organ transplant as well as a range of other conditions. Over recent years the number of diseases covered by a typical policy has grown considerably but so too has the specific claim conditions that make such a payout possible.
Indeed such a claim payout normally requires the insured person to survive 14 days after the diagnosis of a serious illness. In some policies, a 28 day survival period is required.
Apart from being arranged on a standalone basis, Serious Illness Cover can be paired with life assurance to cover financial commitments in the event of death or a major illness. In this regard such a policy can be used for mortgage protection, family protection or even business protection.
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