Health and medical insurances
when you need to make a claim that you realise just how wise investing
in health and medical insurance can be.
Private medical insurance (PMI)
With NHS hospital queues still growing, private medical insurance is
an appealing though often expensive buy.
And what you pay for is what you get. Premiums are worked out on the
basis of age and the type of cover required. And there is a wide range
of different insurances to choose from.
At the basic level PMI clicks in when you need specialist treatment
or you need to go into hospital. Some policies cover you if the NHS cannot
provide treatment within a certain period of time.
At the luxury end of the market there are policies that cover a wide
range of medical services such as dentistry, eye care and even spectacles,
although the more a policy covers the higher the premium will be.
PMI is complicated for those approaching it for the first time. In
order to make sure the policy you choose is the right one to meet your
needs it is worth speaking to an adviser who has specialist knowledge
in medical policies and can guide you through the maze of different offerings
on the market.
Considering just how many lives are wrecked by critical illnesses such
as heart disease, cancer and stroke, it is surprising that more people
do not take out critical illness insurance.
The principle is straightforward; in the event of an illness being diagnosed,
the insurance company will pay out a lump sum after a survival period.
Often, critical illness cover is combined with other types of insurance
and may even provide an investment element so that, for example, a given
sum will be paid out on the death of the insured.
Permanent health insurance (PHI)
PHI provides cover in the event that the insured is unable to work,
and therefore to earn, due to illness or injury.
The premium cost will depend on the occupation of the policyholder,
their age and the period of time that elapses between when the insured
becomes ill and when a claim is made.
There is considerable choice between different covers offered by different
insurers. The key is to choose a balance between the cover you need versus
the cost of premium. A financial adviser with knowledge of the permanent
health market can help you select the appropriate policy for you. You
may be fortunate enough never to have to make a claim under your policy,
but many people have been very grateful indeed that amongst all the other
worries they had when they became unable to work, they knew they did
not have to think about how they were going to meet domestic bills and
keep a roof over their head until they recovered.
We tend not to think about how to pay for long-term care until one of
our relatives has to go into a residential or nursing home.
Average weekly nursing home costs could run into hundreds of pounds.
By paying either a regular or single premium, the insured can add
to the amount that may be available through state benefits to fund
the cost of such care and this could mean having to deplete less
or none of your assets to meet the cost.
This is why long-term care should form part of your discussion with
Asset Wealth Management LLP. There is no doubt that the need for care is likely
to increase as life expectancy continues to rise and with only limited
care facilities available, the costs are likely to rise.