Why a Doctor Invented Critical Illness Insurance
Critical Illness insurance was invented by Dr. Marius Barnard. Marius assisted his brother Dr. Christiaan Barnard in performing the first successful heart transplant in 1967 in South Africa. Through his years of dealing with cardiac patients, Marius observed that those patients that were better able to deal with the financial stress of their illness recovered more often and at much faster rate than those for whom money was an issue. He came to the conclusion that he, as a physician, could heal people, but only insurance companies could provide the necessary funds to create the environment that best promoted healing. As a result, he worked with South African insurance companies to issue the first critical illness policy in 1983. Read more
Shared Ownership refers to a concept where more than one party owns an interest in an insurance policy. The most common of these arrangements is where the corporation is the owner and beneficiary of the death benefit and the shareholder or employee owns the cash value of the policy.
Recently there has been growing interest in applying this strategy to a Critical Illness policy. Although the CI policy does not have cash value, there is usually an option to have a Return of premium (ROP) in the following situations: Read more
Have you had a difficult time qualifying for Critical Illness insurance, or feel you can’t work the premium into your budget? If so, there is an alternative you should consider. IA Excellence recently introduced an important product available to Canadians from birth to age 65. Cancer Guard pays a tax free benefit of up to $100,000 if you are diagnosed with a life threatening cancer. There is no medical required and the policy is issued if you can answer “no” to only 4 questions. Read more
Many people recognize the need for Critical Illness insurance to protect them from the financial risk that could result if diagnosed with a life threatening illness. Although a difficult subject to think about, children should also be protected from this risk as well. If our children were to become ill the emotional and financial toll it could have on the family may equal that of the parent.
Juvenile Critical Illness provides options:
- To find and provide the best treatment and care for your child. Often, treatment can be very expensive, especially if the best available is outside of Canada. Most parents would not spare any expense of this nature when it comes to their children and having tax free funds for this purpose could be life-saving; Read more