Trauma Insurance Guide

Trauma Insurance, also known as Critical Illness Insurance, is one of the most frequently claimed insurance policies. Everybody knows somebody who’s been diagnosed with a critical illness, for example, cancer, stroke or a heart attack.

Published July 16, 2019

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The guide below highlights some of the key benefits of trauma insurance and how it can help protect you and your family from financial loss.

Is trauma insurance worthwhile?

Even the most comprehensive health insurance policy may not cover all the costs associated with trauma. You shouldn’t have to worry about your out of pocket medical costs or household bills when trying to cope with recovery. Trauma Insurance provides peace of mind by offering financial protection, should you suffer from a critical illness specified in your policy.

Although treatment for most critical illnesses is now readily available, the costs are exorbitant. If you have dependents and/or a family history (a potential predisposition to a critical illness), it’s a good idea to get trauma insurance.

Benefits of Trauma Insurance

The main benefit of trauma cover is that it pays out a lump sum benefit, which can be used however you want.

Lump Sum Benefit

If you are diagnosed with a critical illness and meet the insurer’s definition of that critical illness, a lump sum benefit will generally be paid to you. You gain complete control over your money and can even invest it.

Generally, the highest lump sum benefit offered by insurers is $5 million. However, the cover amount you choose must be both affordable and financially justifiable.

The lump sum benefit is designed to assist you and your family while you recover from your illness:

  • Help pay for any ongoing expenses and obligations, like your mortgage and living expenses.
  • Provide an income for your spouse if they are required to take time off to care for you.
  • Help pay for your medical expenses, including treatment and rehabilitation.
  • Providing an income for your family when you are forced to leave work.
Free Child Cover

Select insurers offer free child cover when you take out a trauma insurance policy.

The cover generally provides a benefit up to $10,000,for children aged 2-16, should they suffer from a critical illnesses listed in your PDS. For example, cancer, diabetes, loss of limbs or sight and more.

Do I need trauma insurance?

Whether or not you need trauma cover depends on your unique requirements. However, for most people, buying trauma insurance is an important step to achieving financial security. As you get older your risk of developing a critical illness increase, so you might want to consider adding critical illness cover in your 20s.

  • During your 20s you are statistically more likely to get into an accident than develop a critical illness, meaning you have a lower risk profile.
  • When you are deemed a lower risk, insurance companies will generally be prepared to provide critical illness cover at very affordable rates.
  • You might to consider a level premiums structure. Level premiums can save you hundreds of thousands of dollars over the duration of your policy to age 65.

Trauma insurance inside super

Since 1 July 2014, trauma cover in superannuation is no longer available. If you have a trauma insurance policy purchased before July 2014 held in a Superfund, strict conditions for release will need to be followed.

These new rules were implemented because if a critical illness did not prevent a person from working, the lump sum benefit could be retained within their SMSF until a condition of release was met, such as reaching retirement age.

As trauma patients generally require the benefit immediately upon diagnosis of a critical illness to help pay for medical bills and other debts, trauma cover is no longer allowed to be funded or held in a superannuation environment.

Frequently asked questions and answers

  • Is trauma insurance premium deductible?

    No, Trauma insurance premiums are not tax-deductible because the policy is not designed to replace your income, instead it pays a lump sum benefit when diagnosed with a critical illness. However, if the policy is for a keyperson and the policy purpose is to protect the revenue of the business, thus owned and funded by the business, the premiums would be tax deductible to the business.
  • Are trauma payouts taxable?

    No,  generally you will not pay tax on your trauma insurance payout. The lump sum benefit paid to you upon diagnoses of a critical illness, covered by your policy, is tax-free.
  • How to get trauma insurance cover?

    The quickest way to get a critical illnes quote is to give us a call on 1300 135 205. Alternatively, you can complete the trauma insurance quote form above, and compare policy prices and features online, side-by-side.

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