Saturday, March 2, 2013

Critical Illness: What are the Chances?

One of the main things people want to know regarding insurance are the best researched facts and figures about what circumstances they are likely to face in life, and what they need to be ready for. For instance, if there is a high statistical risk of developing a critical illness that affects one's ability to work and make a living, people tend to seek out cover for themselves, their families or their business. In contrast, if there is a very low statistical risk, people tend to not choose to take on extra monthly cost, making an informed decision that if the chances are low it is best to save their hard earned money.When it comes to Trauma/Critical Illness cover (aka Living Assurance), luckily the statistics are clear and readily available.

  1. Between the ages of 30 and 64, one in five men (1/5) and one in seven women (1/7) will suffer a critical illness. This means that a working couple has a one in three chance (1/3) of having one of its members suffer a critical illness.
  2. In 2009, 20,875 new cases of cancer were registered in New Zealand.
  3. The advances in treatment and medicine mean that 52% of male cancer patients and 59% of female cancer patients will recover and be alive five years after diagnosis.
  4. The University of Auckland has revealed a 40% decline in the number of deaths after a stroke, however the surviving patients as a result suffer from an increased number of impaired level of consciousness and mobility following strokes.
  5. Only 6% of deaths in New Zealand annually are accidental or sudden. 94% come after a protracted disablement process, during which time it is highly likely that income and career trajectory will be affected.

Taking these facts into account, it becomes clear why it is necessary to have a plan and cover that is adaptable to the circumstances as they are. It is up to you whether or not you feel the risk is worth taking, however if you decide it is not and you want to be protected, there is one more thing to think about. Insurance can be complicated, and getting a simple plan together may not be comprehensive enough to protect from what has proven to go wrong with New Zealanders.

We know it is a daunting process and involves a lot of intensive research, so feel free to take advantage of our intensive knowledge base and ability to get the best deals from the insurance providers based on your specific needs and life circumstances. We can go to work for you and make sure you are covered.

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