I spent last Thursday in the cardiac waiting room at our local hospital. My father was having sextuple-bypass surgery at the age of 59. It was a shock to him and a shock to me.
He’s now considering his options. Fortunately, his work is not physically demanding so he’ll be able to get back to work sooner than if he did something more active but he’s got to reconsider his future. He has options and things will work out for him but I know people who don’t have options – they can’t work means they can’t pay their bills.
Another reality is that many times these heart attacks or cancer come right when a person is peaking – making the most money they have made in their lives, career right at the top – and the financial toll this takes on them is huge. RRSPs take a back seat to survival and, even when people do recover, they end up having to work longer or make major lifestyle cuts in order to keep going.
There is a solution called ‘Critical Illness’ insurance which pays out a lump sum upon a heart attack, cancer, stroke – a list of 25 illnesses. If you had a life-changing event in which you are facing 3 to 6 months off of work or need some money to seek medical attention elsewhere – anything you choose – do you have the money available?
Critical illness can be a solution. Personally, I believe in insurance to cover a need. I have this coverage and I believe everyone should at least consider it.
Please contact me to do a review of this coverage for you.