Here’s how financial protection can offer security for parents

Serious illness can place immense stress on our families. The cost of caring for an unwell child, worry over access to essential services, and the emotional toll of serious illness are all things that no parent wants to think about.

We can’t predict what the future will hold for the health of our families, but we can take proactive steps to prepare for the risk that we or our children might become critically unwell.

Appropriate financial protection can be a vital safety net for parents, providing essential cover for children and easing the pressure of caring for them.

Critical illness payouts can help you care for your child

No parent wants to consider the possibility of their child becoming seriously ill, but planning for the worst can offer the greatest peace of mind. Robust and appropriate financial protection can help shore up your finances and allow you to focus on caring for your child.

Critical illness cover pays out a lump sum if you are diagnosed with an illness covered by the policy. Many of these policies include cover for a child of the policyholder, paying out a proportion of the full amount if they become seriously ill. This payout provides a financial safety net, covering your expenses and allowing you to take time away from work to care for your child.

Critical illness cover may also come with other benefits that can offer further support for your family, such as:

  • A payout if your child is hospitalised because of an accident.
  • Cover for the cost of accommodation so that you can be close to your child if they’re in hospital.
  • Childcare costs if you’re diagnosed with a serious illness that’s covered by your policy.

The cost of critical illness cover varies depending on how large you want a potential payout to be, as well as other factors like your age and general health. It’s important to note that you’ll only be covered as long as you keep paying your premiums.

Children are often automatically included in critical illness cover but this isn’t guaranteed. Contact your provider for clarification and be aware that your premiums could rise if you add a child to a policy that doesn’t already cover them.

Cover for a child typically starts from the first few weeks after birth and lasts until they’re 18, or 21 if they’re in full-time education, but this can vary between providers. There may be other restrictions to critical illness cover that you should be aware of – some policies will only allow one claim per child whilst others might exclude certain conditions that are present from birth.

It’s important to check the details of critical illness cover thoroughly when comparing your option to make sure that you’re buying the right cover for your circumstances.

Private medical insurance could help provide better care for your family

You may want to consider taking out private medical insurance to complement the security that financial protection could offer you. The Guardian reports that the private health insurance market has grown by £385 million in the last year. At the same time, rising wait times and staff shortages are causing public satisfaction with the NHS to slump according to the long-running British Social Attitudes survey.

Private medical insurance can help to put your mind at ease by reducing waiting times for a range of services (like tests and consultations) whilst giving you a wider choice of treatment providers. It could also help to cover the cost of a private room, giving you and your family greater privacy if you need to stay in hospital overnight.

Private health insurance can cover much more than just physical illness. Some providers offer access to counselling and mental health services which are becoming increasingly important for the wellbeing of younger generations – the number of children and young people seeking support for their mental health increased by 25% from 2022 to 2023 according to data from Aviva.

The cost of private health insurance and the level of cover you’ll receive are influenced by a range of factors, including who you want the policy to cover, your lifestyle, and family medical history. It’s important to take the time to understand how comprehensive your options are and any exclusions that might affect your family.

Talk to us to see how we can help protect your family

Financial protection is just one way that you can prepare for the unexpected. Get in touch if you’d like to know more about financial protection for your family against serious illness.

Please note: Financial protection plans typically have no cash in value at any time and cover will cease at the end of the term. Cover will lapse if premiums are unpaid. Cover is subject to terms and conditions and may have exclusions. Definition of illnesses vary between providers and will be explained in policy documentation.

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Financial Protection for Family - Critical Illness Cover and Private Medical Insurance

Financial Protection for Family – Critical Illness Cover and Private Medical Insurance

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