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What should be the first type of insurance to get after you get your first job?

Assuming my parents didn't buy any insurance, what's the first type of insurance I should be getting after landing my first job

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Hi anon,

In order of importance, here is what you should be looking at:

  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

  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.

Work with an independent financial advisor who can provide multiple options and explain in detail what you will need to know before coming to a decision, especially with respect to cost effectiveness as well as the minor differences between the plans.

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First priority is always healthcare. The reason is simple - medical inflation hits 10% in 2019. Accordingly, a single medical treatment could potentially wipe out all your savings. To do this, it is always valued to have your own private integrated shield plan. Here is why: https://www.blog.pzl.sg/is-integrated-shield-plan-necessary-in-singapore/

After you have the basic foundation set up, you may consider a basic life insurance plan that covers for death, total & permanent disability, and most importantly for critical illness.

There are many options available in the market, therefore, take your time to understand which suits your needs. Here is a general comparison between a term and whole life insurance to help you with some basic understanding: https://www.blog.pzl.sg/term-vs-whole-life-insurance-singapore

Once you have a stable income, here is the general rule:

10% to 20% of your annual income on healthcare insurance and life insurance

Basic Life Cover = 10 times your annual income

Critical Illness Coverage = 5 times your annual income

Having mentioned that, this is a general guideline that may or may not work for you. The best way is always to have an in-depth understanding on your cashflow, current situation and future goals. It is only when we know you well enough, then it is appropriate to give you the best advice or suggestion that fits into your needs.

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Isabel Wong
Isabel Wong
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 11h ago

Hospitalisation! Get that first before thinking about the rest.

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Most important and a must to have is hospitalization plan. Then the next one would be term plan. Why term plan and not whole life plan?

Term plan is cheaper and the coverage is much much higher.

Though whole life plan usually pay for 20 years. But in order to have the coverage as high as term plan, it will be very costly.

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Wallace Chai
Wallace Chai

15h ago

Then critical illness and term plan should come together hand in hand.
Tan Li Xing
Tan Li Xing

6h ago

I have some thoughts on this, why don't have both a whole life and a term plan? A term has more coverage as you have mentioned, and that is crucial during out most active phase as we still have the power to gain wealth, so I do believe in having high coverage with term However I do see the value in whole life because after paying for 20 years as you mentioned, you have whole life coverage, meaning even in your latter years where you are no longer 'active' or able to get wealth, at least you have coverage in the event anything un-expected happens to you. Just a different school of thought

Hi Anon,

Many different opinions and sentiments here; but I think as a guideline, the most foundational insurance you can get is;

  1. Hospitalisation

  2. Personal Accident

These 2 are fundamental, because in the event any unforeseen happens, you have yourself covered, and these 2 usually are more affordable with high coverage. *clause is that any claims related to medical, they are on a reimbursement basis.

Once you have those 2, then you can start looking into a whole life or Term policy, which will cover the other aspects of life, Death, Total Perm. Disability, CI.

After that some might start looking into their retirement planning and look into getting wealth accumulation policies or other ways to get your money to work for you through investments

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VC
Vicki Chng
Level 5. Genius
Answered 17h ago

Definitely the hospitalisation plan. Some parents may be pangtang about getting insurance because they feel it's like saying that they might fall ill, so approach this topic with your parents carefully and frame your arguements well if they need convincing to get insurance!

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https://blog.seedly.sg/working-adults-key-insurance-policies-singapore Seedly covered it but,

Depending on your budget,

(1) Hospitaliazation - To cover the hospital bills that matters. Wouldnt want a bill shock of 5 digits or even 6 digits.

(2) Critical Illness - Mindef Aviva Living Care, cheapest if you are below 30, and anything above 30 and require top up, do buy private in this case (due to escalating premium from Living Care) and premiums are not guaranteed.

(3) A small WL for CI base coverage (do you really need CI insurance at age 65 and above? you will need to decide for yourself) because premiums are cheap and you are offered OPAI (option to purchase additional insurance) without medical underwriting. Perfect for Case (2) should you require top up.

(4) A big term for TPD ($1 million is good) till age 65 (not to be confused with term till 99). or... Disability income (current pay) , cheap and if you really felt that you do not need it, can reduce it after 5 years. A lot of people do not overpay for insurance, but the locked-in premiums savings can be good. Of course, if you are the mathematical model kind, you can do a Dy/Dx curve to find the most efficient one. You can top up more later through Mindef Aviva

(5) Accident - depending on your job nature, it can be very important or totally not worth in risk management aspects.

(1) and (2) is definitely important, the rest are dependent.

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Shirley Ngiam
Shirley Ngiam
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated 1d ago
  1. Hospitalisation plan

  2. Critical illness

  3. Term

  4. Personal Accident

  5. Saving Plan

i think the first four is similar to what the others are saying. For me saving plan is important because I don't have the tedency to save myself and I need someone or someplace that I can save the money at. So I rather have a portion maybe 5% of it somewhere else.

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Brandon Ho
Brandon Ho

1d ago

Hey! Brandon from the Seedly community team here :) Could you please elaborate on your answer- do provide more details as to why you feel this way so as to enhance the understanding of your response for others! Thanks!
Kim Heok S
Kim Heok S
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 1d ago

The very first type should be hospitalization, you can die but you can't afford to fall sick in Singapore!

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Adelyn K
Adelyn K
Level 5. Genius
Answered 2d ago

In your 1st - 2nd year of working, I would say getting these 2 plans would be quite good:

  1. Hospitalisation - lots of reasons covered above, which i shall not mention again.

  2. Personal Accident - I found this useful as I couldn't guarantee that I will not get into an accident overseas or in Singapore. And in the event that I don't have to be hospitalised, I can still get my medical bills claimed from this aspect. :)

After 3rd year of working, you can consider the rest:

  1. Term/Whole Life - I went for Whole Life (because the retirement age is increasing and term has a age cap) and am considering topping up term soon.

  2. Critical Ilness (+ Early Stage CI if you can afford it) - Being a healthcare worker, I think it's vital to have early stage CI cause a lot of diseases can be preventative once found out early, and it's good to have that extra cash to tide you along the way.

  3. Income Protection Insurance - Works in the event where you can't work due to a illness and you still get 50-75% of your last paid job.

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Dawn Fiona
Dawn Fiona
Level 6. Master
Answered 2d ago

I believe the order ought to be:

  1. Hospitalisation - because I definitely can't afford to pay a huge hospital bill

  2. Term - because it is affordable and leaves my parents with a sum in case I'm gone.

  3. Critical illness - only after I start earning more money. otherwise the premiums are too much for me to have paid when I was a first-jobber earning a $2,500 income

You probably want to consider personal accident coverage as well if you're physically active or keep travelling around for work. It is cheap and the likelihood of claiming from it could be pretty high in those cases.

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Hwee Kian
Hwee Kian
Level 6. Master
Answered 2d ago

Hi Anon,

In order as priority below -

  1. Hospitalization plan

  2. CI

  3. Life

  4. PA

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Brandon Ho
Brandon Ho

1d ago

Hey! Brandon from the Seedly community team here :) Could you please elaborate on your answer- do provide more details as to why you feel this way so as to enhance the understanding of your response for others! Thanks!
Ernest Yeam Wee Leong
Ernest Yeam Wee Leong
Level 6. Master
Answered 2d ago

Definitely hospitalization first, then critical illness, then life, then accident.

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Choon Yuan Chan
Choon Yuan Chan
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered 2d ago

Medical Insurance to cover for any ig ticket hospitilisation incidents. Definite most.

It is one of the lowest cost but covers for the unfortunate large medical bills

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GuanYuan Tan
GuanYuan Tan
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 2d ago

Definitely hospitalisation, critical illness and death

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Brandon Ho
Brandon Ho

1d ago

Hey! Brandon from the Seedly community team here :) Could you please elaborate on your answer- do provide more details as to why you feel this way so as to enhance the understanding of your response for others! Thanks!
Junus Eu
Junus Eu
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Top Contributor (Nov)

Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered 2d ago

Always healthcare above everything else because it's scary how much medical fees cost these days.

I personally avoid Investment Linked Policies and would prefer to do it myself.

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Jasmine Tay
Jasmine Tay
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered 2d ago

Definitely buy hospitalisation first, followed by whole life if you're planning to buy it sooner or later anyway.

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Hospitalization & Surgical Cover numero uno. In Singapore this would be the Integrated Shield Plan and riders.

Next would be protecting my income in the event of Illness and Disability.

If i have dependents or plan to in the future, I'll buy coverage in the event of premature death as well or soon after.

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Kelvin Chin
Kelvin Chin
Level 5. Genius
Answered 3d ago

Whole life. Earlier, cheaper.

Medical. Get some coverage.

Accident. Get some too.

Term life. Add on when there are dependents.

CI. In the life policies.

Cancer. Additional if concerned.

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Initially if you are dependent light, I think you can hold off insurance - I am sure there is more pressing matters and limited budgets for initial years in workforce.

(and young and tough; you can just endure the discomfort of public hopsitals)

First insurance afterwards would definitely be some hospitalization cover.​​​

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