Critical illness

What is a Critical illness Insurance Policy?
A critical illness insurance policy provides coverage to the insured against life-threatening critical diseases such as heart attack, cancer, renal failure, etc. A lump-sum amount is paid by the insurer to the life insured to take care of the exorbitant medical expenses in case the life insured is diagnosed with any critical illnesses. Critical illness cover is offered by most health insurance companies as a rider benefit along with the basic health insurance plan. To avail of this rider option, the insurance buyers need to pay an additional premium along with the basic premium of the policy

Features of Critical Illness Insurance Plan

Let’s take a look at the features of a critical illness insurance plan:
• Critical illness coverage- The coverage is offered for up to 36 major critical illnesses such as cancer, tumor, heart ailments, kidney failure, etc.
• Lump-sum payment- The treatment cost is covered by the insurer as a lump-sum payment for the illnesses that are mentioned under the policy documents.
• Easy claim processing- The claims can be processed easily based on the diagnosis report
• Waiting period- Generally, coverage is offered after the end of the waiting period
• Loss of income- A part of lump-sum can be used can income replacement
• Total and permanent disability- One can also get insurance coverage for total and permanent disability under a specific variant of the critical illness insurance rider

Advantages of Critical Illness Insurance
As compared to other health Insurance policies there are certain types of benefits offered by critical illness insurance plans. Let’s take a look at these benefits:

Financial Support in Times of Need
The policyholder can choose a high sum insured level with a critical illness plan, ensuring total financial protection in the event of several illnesses or advanced treatment. In case the policyholder is diagnosed with any critical illness as mentioned in the policy, a lump-sum amount is paid to the insured for the treatment and surgery of the critical illnesses. The regularity of the payment depends on the predetermined terms of the critical illness policy.
Numerous Critical Illness Covered A critical illness insurance policy provides coverage for 36 major critical illnesses. It is important to
go through the policy documents carefully to know how many and what type of illnesses it covers.

Add-on Coverage on Top of a Health Insurance
Critical illness insurance can be purchased as an add-on cover along with the basic health insurance policy. Even if an individual has a health plan covering the risk that may arise due to any medical emergency, the critical illness cover can be a great help in case the policyholder is diagnosed with any of the critical illnesses. It can be used as a rider to enhance the coverage of the policy.

Acts as an Income Substitute
In case, an individual is diagnosed with critical illnesses, it is possible that the health conditions don’t allow him/her to continue working. In such a situation the family can go through a financial crisis. However, if the policyholder has adequate coverage under a critical illness insurance policy then the claim amount can be used for the treatment of the disease, and the life insured will not have to burn a hole in the pocket.

Affordable Premiums
If a person is suffering from any pre-existing illnesses or critical illness, then it is important to have a critical illness insurance policy along with the basic health insurance policy. Moreover, these plans can be purchased at an affordable premium rate. The insurance buyers can compare the quotes of the policy online and choose the most beneficial plan as per their requirements.

Tax Benefit
The life insured can avail tax exemption on the premium paid towards the policy under Section 80D of the Income Tax Act. Tax exemption up to Rs 15,000 can be availed under Section 80D of the IT Act. For senior citizens, this limit is up to Rs. 20,000.