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Anonymous

Posted on 29 Jul 2020

Apart from a whole life plan, what else should I need to be well-covered - health, critical illness or personal accident? Or all 3?

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Aside from Life Insurance, you should ensure the basics such as hospitalisation and critical illness plans are in place. These would cover you from the hefty medical fees in the unfortunate event that you encounter a medical emergency.

Some good health insurances you can consider are AXA Shield by AXA (only insurer with outpatient and PA benefits embedded into the cash rider) or the Great SupremeHealth by Great Eastern. To ensure you are well covered, you can add on riders for Critical Illnesses.

After ensuring you are well covered for Life, Health and Criticla Illnesses, you should then consider Personal Accident Insurance.

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Hi anon,

I think what is more important is the type of coverage you need, and not what type of plan (term vs WL, for example). I do not know your profile, but if you are working or about to start work, you will have to look at these (and this is generally in order of priority):

  1. Hospitalization plan. This covers any hospital bills and associated pre/post hospitalization costs. This would be from an integrated shield plan, with a rider to take care of the deductible/co-insurance. Depending on your budget, you can take a private hospital plan and downgrade later, or just go for Goverment A ward.

  2. Critical Illness coverage. This provides a sum of money for you to cover your expenses and other out of pocket costs should you fall critically ill and are not able to work. Usually recommended to cover at least 5 years of expenses and an additional sum to cover out of pocket. This is usually via a limited payment life plan, or a term plan, depending on your budget/needs. There are also multi pay plans available, but those are term plans.

  3. Death coverage. This provides a lump sum of money should something happen to you. Not mandatory if you have no dependents or liabilities. Usually takes the form of a term plan. For the coverage amount, you could use a multiple such as 10 x of your current income, or calculate based on your current liabilities.

  4. Personal Accident. For the minor stuff like TCM claims, etc.

Generally, you should not have to spend more than 10% of your income on coverage. I would say the first two are a must if you are working. The third is not strictly necessary unless you have liabilities or depedents.

You can work with an independent financial advisor who can provide multiple options and explain in detail what you will need to know about the types of insurance as well as the options from various insurers before you come to a decision, especially with respect to cost effectiveness as well as the minor differences between the plans.

You will want to be comfortable to share your fiinancial details with your advisor as that will be important for the advisor to consider your current situation before suggesting suitable solutions.

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Hey there!

In general, a person has to be insured for the following:

1) Hospitalization expenses

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