According to National Health Profile 2019 data, cases of common forms of cancer including cervical, oral, and breast cancer, diagnosed at clinic for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) run by the state in India had risen by close to 324% between 2017 and 2018. Such is the severity of this disease. Though commonly believed to be preventable, this lifestyle disease has proved to be a catastrophe for most working-class families. Apart from causing physical pain to the patient, it also brings mental and financial stress to them and their loved ones. Therefore, given the rise in incidences of cancer, opting for a life insurance policy at an early stage in life has become crucial.
While it is almost not possible to procure an insurance policy that can cover an individual who has already been diagnosed with cancer, it is possible to acquire a critical illness cover with your already existing term plan. A critical illness cover can work to provide financial assistance when the policy holder is diagnosed with a terminal disease like cancer, but in most cases it works only if you are diagnosed with the disease during the term of the policy.
A term plan is a pure life cover that provides protection for a specific term. If the policyholder passes away within the term, the nominee receives the sum assured. Certain insurance providers have also begun offering maturity benefits (i.e. the return of premiums) to policyholders. Term plans usually come with a higher sum assured at a lower premium as compared to other kinds of insurance plans. iSelect Star Term Plan by Canara HSBC OBC Life Insurance is a great option. Although it is a term plan, you would be surprised to know how comprehensive its scope is. It features three different plan options to choose from, all of which offer a sum assured payout upon diagnosis of a terminal illness or death, whichever occurs earlier. In addition, it has a variety of options like spouse cover, increasing and decreasing coverage, and even a return of premium option, all in the same policy.
If one were to contract cancer, it would be a great help if they already possessed a comprehensive term insurance plan with a critical illness cover. In case of a family history of cancer, it would be prudent to have a term insurance with such cover. However, with certain policies, one may be subjected to a waiting period of a certain amount of time, before they can be covered. If the policyholder dies before completion of the waiting period, the nominee would generally only receive the amount of premiums that have been paid so far.
As they say, hope for the best, prepare for the worst. While cancer patients can opt for cancer-specific term insurance policies, others (particularly those with a history of cancer in their family) can plan ahead by opting for a term insurance plan with terminal illness coverage.