Critical Illness (CI)
Whole Life Insurance
Asked 2w ago
I currently have 150k for Group Term Life, 600k for Group Personal Accident, and a separate whole life plan (100k). Planning to get health insurance (integrated shield plan for private hospital) and CI as I know my coverage is lacking.
I have 2 questions:
1) Would this CI plan be an optimal plan for fresh grads, or should I get a separate plan instead? Any drawbacks I should take note of?
2) My friend (advisor) also recommended me to get a whole life insurance. Do I really need it?
To answer your questions:
1) Aviva's Living Care/Plus will only cover you till 65 (technically 70, but no one would renew that long as the main plan's premium is extremely high after 70). Also, you are bound by their restrictions and terms. For example, renewals for Living Care after July 2020 will follow the new CI definitions. Also, if you are looking at early CI coverage, Living Care Plus only covers 10 of them.
However, it is quite cheap for basic CI cover when you are young, due to premiums being calculated by age band. But to ensure CI coverage into old age, you will still probably have to look at a limited payment whole life plan, which will ultimately be more cost effective.
2) A limited payment whole life plan will still be a cost effective way to cover CI and early CI at this point in time, especially as you are still young. The premiums won't be excessive and you would be able to finish paying your premiums during your working years, but retain whole of life coverage. You can add on more CI coverage later through term or multipay if you have the budget. If not, I'd suggest you settlle your basic CI coverage first.
As you already have a whole of life 100K plan with CI, then you might only need a small whole life plan to make up the shortfall, e.g. a $50K x 3 = $150K plan. At your age, it will likely still be cost effective compared to a term.
Will probably need to look at your budget to see what will not burst your budget and what is considered as comprehensive.
Aviva Living Care provides a lump sum payout for 37 common critical illnesses, however many of them would probably be classified as late stage CI. Even with Aviva Living Plus, the ECI coverage is limited to 10 ECI.
Whether thats something you should get depends on what is the level of coverage you're comfortable with but in general, many people might want to opt for a multi-pay CI plan that is more comprehensive since there can be other CIs, special conditions (diabetic complications, osteoporosis) that are covered in it. Also, muti-pay CI standalone plans allow for multiple claims for relapses, different CI occurrences etc. But of course on the budget side, they tend to be pricier since they allow for multiple claims and its way more comprehensive.
I'll suggest you to get a WL insurance later on when your finance pick up instead since you already have an on-going WL plan and for starters, to decide on what level of CI coverage do you want and settle on your CI portion. Also, there are many term plans out there that offer way higher coverage that won't cost an arm or leg.
Side note, CI coverage should be approximately 5x of your annual income. If that may be too pricey, at least aim for some coverage so you can lock it in at an earlier age at least since it'll be cheaper. Do consult a financial advisor to find out about your options but there are many options out in the market ;)
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Take care: if you see life insurance as an investment product,
whole life is an inferior one compared to other longterm investment alternatives, f.ex. global ETFs.
The Living care plus is an affordable solution for yourself, if you are currently entering the workforce.
The downside is that this GTL policy, is owned by MINDEF, which will undergo yearly a renewal cycle. Depending on claims experience or changes in the industry, you will have no control with the premiums or the policy coverage. It is good supplementary coverage for yourself, as there will be a point in time which you will terminate this policy, due to rising premiums at the tail end.
Your current friend is not wrong, but you do have an existing WLP currently, albeit with lower coverage. Having a WLP to supplement the difference in coverage is a viable option, as you will lock in a more permanent solution for yourself. That being said, if the solution is cost prohibitive you might need to explore having a term policy first.
Your priority would be your ISP plan first, following which you can start to explore your CI solutions.
I do hope i was able to answer your queries! Have a great weekend!
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