The waiting period may not apply if a new trauma insurance policy is replacing an already existing or similar policy that has the same sum insured and benefits covered.
Trauma insurance policies in Australia are designed to protect you and your family should you suffer from a severe health condition that results in a loss of income. Due to the nature of incapacity caused by most critical illnesses, you can enhance your Trauma policy with an array of options available from various insurers.
Best Trauma Insurance Policy
When considering the best trauma insurance policy for you and your dependents, you must know what to look for. Plus policies are generally better than standard policies, however, pay attention to the number of conditions covered and how easy it is to meet the most prevalent claimable conditions and any built-in benefits or additional cost options available to you.
How to Choose The Best policy
When choosing a policy, be sure always to read the product disclosure statements (PDS), this way you’ll know what you are covered for and what you are not covered for. Speak to a specialist who can discuss the options available to you and the type of policy that may have stronger definitions than others or how you can structure your policy based on your requirements.
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A Trauma Insurance policy can offer financial protection for up to 60 critical illnesses, depending on your policy. In most cases, the number of trauma conditions covered will vary significantly from one insurer to the next. You will generally have two types of policies to choose from:
- Standard policy: Provides 30 to 44 core critical illnesses including heart attack, stroke and cancer. Standard policies are generally less expensive than Plus policies.
- Plus Policy: Covers an additional 10 to 15 lesser critical illnesses, such as severe early stage prostate cancer, breast cancer, melanoma’s, Osteoporosis and partial loss of hearing. Plus policies are generally more expensive because they cover more conditions.
The policy can offer financial protection for up to 60 critical illnesses, depending on your policy. Generally two types of polices are available.
Plus Policies generally provides the same cover as Standard Cover in addition to a number of additional lesser critical illnesses such as Carcinoma in Situ of the Breast, Early Stage Prostate Cancer, Partial Blindness and more.
Before taking out your trauma policy, be sure to review the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) of each insurer. This document will provide you with all the essential information, i.e. what the policy does and does not cover, specific definitions of terms, as well as fees and charges that may be included in the product.
There are also a number of policy options available to further enhance and customise your critical illness cover, giving your family another layer of protection:
Stand Alone Cover
Critical Illness insurance can be purchased as a stand alone policy and does not have to be linked to life cover. By holding a stand alone cover, any benefit payments you receive will not affect the benefits of any other types of cover you have.
Below are examples of how stand alone cover may work in a claim situation:
|Stand Alone Trauma Insurance Cover||Monthly Premium|
|Cover Pre- Claim||$500,000||$50.00|
|Cover Post Claim||$0.00||$0.00|
|Stand Alone Life Insurance Cover||Monthly Premium|
|Life Cover Pre- Claim||$1,000,000||$100.00|
|Trauma Claim Paid||($500,000)||–|
|Life Cover Post Claim||$1,000,000||$100.00|
Please note that these tables are examples only and are not indicative of actual premiums or cover available
Combined (Linked) Cover
Critical Illness Cover can be combined or linked with other forms of personal insurance such as Life Insurance or Total and Permanent Disability Insurance. Generally, with a combined policy, any lump sum payments you receive from one cover type will be deducted off the benefits of the other policy types.
Combined policies are generally cheaper than stand alone policies.
The table below illustrates how a combined policy may work when a trauma claim is made:
|Life Insurance Cover||Trauma Insurance Cover||Monthly Premium|
|Cover Pre- Claim||$1,000,000||$500,000||$90.00|
|Cover Post Claim||$500,000||$0.00||$60.00|
Please note that this is an example only and is not indicative of actual premiums or cover available.
Flexible Policy Linking
Legislation that became effective on the 1st July 2014 prevents you from holding Trauma insurance inside super. However, you can choose to take out a combined policy when you have Life insurance or any occupation TPD cover funded by your super fund with the Trauma Cover linked to the policy. However your policy must be personally owned and funded by you.
Flexible Policy Linking allows you to take out a combined policy but separates the ownership of the policies between superannuation owner and Self Owned.
Generally you will have a number of options available to choose from which are designed to enhance your policy, including:
There are generally three different options when paying your premiums:
Level Premiums do not increase with your age each year and generally start out more expensive than Stepped Premiums but are often more affordable in the long term. At the age of 65 or 70 they will convert do stepped premiums.