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The Need To Shift From Individual Plans To A Comprehensive Plan

  9/30/16 4:20 AM

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Are you searching for a term plan? If yes, would you prefer a plan that gives you comprehensive and total protection than a policy that just gives your family members financial coverage against the risk of your death? You are securing your family’s future, but by paying a little bit extra, you can secure your financial health also. The question is, should you?

A term plan with a critical illness cover

By buying a term plan that includes a critical illness cover as an accelerated benefit, you can muy a comprehensive term plan. How does this policy operate? In a term plan, you pay a particular premium in exchange for which the insurer guarantees your family the full Sum Assured in the event of your untimely demise. A critical illness plan, in exchange for premiums paid, gives you the full Sum Assured in the event of occurrence of critical illness. A comprehensive term plan does both. You are covered with a Base Sum Assured and also a critical illness benefit. If you avail of the critical illness cover in the event of a pre-listed critical illness, the policy will continue with the Death benefit reduced by the extent of the Critical Illness Sum Assured paid.

An example

Rajiv is a brand manager in an FMCG company and is 35 years old. Rajiv and his wife Reena have a three year old son Aryan. His father Kishore is retired. Sunil wants to be well prepared for all unforeseen circumstances in life. For this, he chooses a comprehensive term plan with Base Sum Assured of Rs. 1 crore and critical illness sum assured of Rs.10 lacs for a cover till 75 years of age. Let’s suppose he pays an annual premium* of Rs. 19,656 (combined premium including taxes and cess).

A few years later Rajiv is diagnosed with one of the predefined critical Illnesses. Rs. 10 lacs is paid as a lump sum and the policy continues with reduced Sum Assured of Rs. 90 lacs. With this amount, Rajiv keeps on making payments on his utility bills, children’s school fees, father’s medicines etc.

The subsequent premiums are proportionately reduced to Rs. 11,130. After fighting with the illness for 2 years, Rajiv, unfortunately, passes away. On his death, his family gets a lump sum death benefit of Rs. 90 lacs and the Policy terminates.

Thus, for approximately Rs.8500/- more per annum, Sunil was able to give himself along with his family total financial security.

Advantages of such a plan

This kind of a plan is beneficial in the following scenarios

Death after a long illness

As in the above example, when you are fighting with an illness for a long time, you need funds to take care of routine payments like utility bills, children’s fees etc. Even after having the funds and the right treatment, you may meet with an unfortunate demise. In such case, your family also needs financial security. This plan does both.

Financial protection for transplants

In case you require an organ transplant, the costs of the same can be humongous with out-of-pocket costs like your own transportation or that of the donor. If the organ is being donated posthumously, the transplant has to be done immediately. In such cases, you may need funds to get admitted to a hospital of your choice or where the organ location is. Even if you are covered by a mediclaim, you may not be able to avail of a cashless facility for the same. This plan allows you to avail of a lumpsum amount.

Taking care of your parents and kids

If you are the breadwinner of your family and have the responsibility of tending to your aged parents and young kids, both of whom are unable to add to the income of the family, an unfortunate event can burden your spouse immensely. This event can be in the form of a critical illness or your unfortunate demise.

So if you are hunting for a term plan, your search would end very soon. Browse this space for a very special product; a comprehensive term plan that gives you TOTAL SECURITY + PROTECTION.

* Premium for non-tobacco consumer healthy male.

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