- Monday, 23 July 2012
An essential part of everybody's financial planning should be to include a comprehensive insurance portfolio. This ensures that, in the event of unexpected or unlucky occurrences, you and your loved ones are covered.
Many people think about taking out life assurance policies at an early age, perhaps initiated into action by a major life event such as getting married or the birth of a first child. But the kind of events that highlight the need for personal health insurance are usually less positive. And by the time they happen, it may be too late to take preventative action.
As people look to enjoy more years than their parents’ generation while maintaining their good health and independence, it’s becoming more important than ever to get good health insurance for peace of mind.
A recent story on the BBC focussed on how long the over 50s in the UK should consider continuing to work. The importance of the subject matter to many people was reflected in the number of comments on the piece: over twelve hundred.
Health insurance and life assurance
The idea of health insurance in middle age and beyond is very different from life assurance – it’s there to help you continue in good health and enjoy life to the full. Of course one of the main criteria when choosing these products is trying to find out what it will actually cost you. As with most things, especially anything to do with 'risk assessed' insurance, this will depend on your own particular set of circumstances.
There are many ways to find the information you need to make a decision. It’s extremely easy to use the internet to get a family health insurance quote tailored to your own individual needs and requirements. By entering a few personal details, you can find a range of suggestions of suitable candidates for you to consider in greater detail.
One thing to bear in mind when taking out any kind of insurance policy, especially one which is concerned with health matters, is that it is extremely important that you disclose everything. Failing to disclose information that influences any particular insurance claim can make the policy null and void.
There are many health insurance policies that don't require a medical and have no upper age limit. Pre-existing conditions can affect premiums but as most policies are designed to cover the costs of acute conditions, the differences are very slight indeed.
It’s important to remember that private health insurance doesn't cover accidents or emergency treatment which needs the kind of specialist facilities dealt with at NHS general hospitals – although there are many types of specialist health cover available which do also include such eventualities.
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