Sunday, January 25, 2015

Do you need trauma insurance?

Did you know:

1. 52 people are diagnosed with cancer everyday in New Zealand.

For many of us who only have basic life insurance or medical insurance, this could be a catastrophic event not only healthwise but financially. Lost income through work and the cost of care spiral upwards quickly, especially if you are the family's sole breadwinner and savings can be rapidly depleted. Upon diagnosis of a critical condition like cancer though, trauma insurance will pay out its entire sum assured to help you and your family financially through your tough times. For this reason, we recommend considering it thoroughly.


2.  Although cancer rates are increasing, deaths due to cancer are decreasing.

The rate of death from cancer has fallen 16.2% in the period between 1999 and 2009. This reflects the continuing advances in treatment. As our population ages, the increase in cancer will continue, with a great proportion of those surviving the disease which is great news. However, once more, it brings into focus how costly a battle with cancer can be for an individual or family.

3. Between the ages of 30 and 65, one in five men and one in seven women will suffer a critical illness which trauma cover could insure them for.

This means that a working couple has a one in three chance of having one its members suffer a serious malady before New Zealand's current retirement age. Are you prepared?

4. 1 in 20 New Zealand adults have been diagnosed with heart disease. That totals a huge 165,000 New Zealanders.

5. A considerable number of less serious conditions and procedures entitle you to a full or partial trauma insurance claim payout.

Whilst you can certainly claim upon your full trauma cover for diagnosis of serious heart disease or when you undergo a major heart operation, many can be unaware that less serious procedures or conditions can be partially covered too. A friend recently found to his surprise that he was entitled to a payout of half of his sum assured for having a stent inserted into his artery (a relatively common procedure). The surgery itself was covered by his health insurance, so the trauma payout helped him pay outstanding bills and provided an unexpected boon to his finances. Read more about his story here.

6. The average age of a Trauma Insurance payout is 47.

This is considerably younger than most people expect to go through a serious health condition. As an average figure too, many payouts occur even younger than that.

7. 21 New Zealanders a day have a stroke.

Approximately 35% of stroke victims are aged under 40.

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