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Do I need Critical Illness cover?

When we arrange your Mortgage, we will always talk to you about Insurances. And one of the questions we often get asked is, do I need Critical Illness cover?

In this guide, we look at Critical Illness, who it is for and whether you need to consider it.

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What is Critical Illness?

Critical illness cover is designed to pay out if you are diagnosed with certain life-threatening illnesses. The policy will pay out a tax-free lump sum upon diagnosis.

Most policies have a defined list of serious health conditions that they cover. Different policies cover different illnesses. We’ll help you choose what matters to you and your family.

Conditions usually include things like cancers, strokes, kidney failure, some forms of heart attacks or serious procedures such as a coronary bypass or transplants.

It can be purchased as a standalone Critical Illness policy. Or some people choose to combine it with their Life Insurance Cover.

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Do you need Critical Illness Cover?

If you have loved ones, children and people who financially depend on you, Critical Illness Cover is a sensible option to consider.

Despite this, only around 7% of people currently have Critical Illness Cover*.

We often advise our clients to consider the following. If you were to become ill and not be able to work, would your family be able to pay your ongoing financial commitments? If you were unfortunate enough to never be able to return to your current job due to illness, how would your family pay your mortgage and other monthly bills?

Critical illness provides the reassurance that you would be financially protected should the worst happen.

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How would Your Mortgage Expert help?

We have helped lots of individuals decide whether they need Critical Illness Cover. We will do the following:

  • Go through the benefits you currently receive through your employment
  • Look at your savings and other income you receive in the household
  • Look at your current outgoings to assess exactly how much your household would need to cover each month as a minimum
  • Review your budget to understand how much you can afford to pay each month on insurances
  • Help you understand whether Critical Illness is the sensible choice for you

We will also look at other protection insurances and whether it would be suitable for you to combine Critical Illness with other insurances such as Life Insurance Cover.

As an impartial broker, we can advise from a range of providers to ensure you select the level of cover suitable for you.

If you would like to speak to use to help understand if you need Critical Illness we would love to help.

As an impartial broker, we can advise from a range of providers to ensure you select the level of cover suitable for you.

If you would like to speak to use to help understand if you need Life Insurance, we would love to help. We are based in Salisbury but we can help no matter where you live in the UK.

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  • “Adam’s advice on the different types of critical illness and life insurance were really useful. He also worked with us to decide the best combination of policies that would work with our existing policies to cover our needs. When doing this he happily tweaked quotes for us until we came out with an arrangement that was both affordable and would provide us with the level of cover we thought appropriate.”

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