Life insurance myths
Stamping out some of the misconceptions about life insurance.
Have you ever heard someone say 'insurers don't pay claims', or perhaps even uttered the words 'insurance is too expensive' or 'I don't need it!' yourself?
Well. We're here to tell you why these statements are not only incorrect, but that the opposite to each of these statements is true!
- Insurers DO pay claims
- Insurance is more affordable than you think
- Yes, insurance could be for everyone - not just people who have kids and a mortgage!
Let's debunk those myths and get the facts. If you're making decisions about protecting your family, you'll want to base your future on fact - not fiction.
Myth 1 - Life insurance companies don't pay claims!
At Asteron Life, we pride ourselves on delivering on the promise we make to you when you take out a policy. In 2015, we paid more than $319 million in total claims across our life, trauma, Income Protection & Business Expenses; and Total and Permanent Disability portfolios.1
Myth 2 - Life insurance is too expensive
For most Australians, insurance is very affordable! Talk to your financial adviser to discuss how you can get cover to help protect your family's lifestyle. And, of course, the benefits of having life insurance can far outweigh the costs!
Myth 3 - I'm young and healthy - so insurance isn't for me
Life insurance can help people of all ages, and from all walks of life - it's not just for parents with kids and a mortgage.
Even if you're young, single and healthy today, insurance could be important to help you protect your lifestyle, your independence and cover your debts - in the event that you need to.
Insurance policies like Income Protection or Trauma can help you cover the bills, pay your rent or mortgage, cover medical expenses and continue to fund your lifestyle if you can't work because you get sick or injured.
Myth 4 - Thanks, but I've got enough life insurance cover in my super fund
You might not have enough cover in your super fund. You may have some life insurance (death cover) through your super policy, but on average people with cover through super have less than half the level of cover they need.2
Insurance through super also usually doesn't give you access to all insurance types - like Income Protection or Trauma cover.
You should contact your super fund, or check your annual statement, to see what level - and types - of cover you already have. Then speak to a financial adviser about whether this is right for your needs.
Myth 5 - I'm covered by my private health insurance
Private health insurance provides valuable protection against the medical expenses associated with sickness and injury. But this is where it starts and stops: it's for medical expenses only. It won't cover your bills, debts or replace your lost income if you have to take an extended period off work due to illness or injury.
Private health insurance also may not cover the total cost of your treatment, or rehabilitation - potentially leaving you with a 'gap' that needs to be paid out of your own pocket.
To help ensure you have no insurance gaps, a complete protection plan should encompass both private health insurance and life insurance.
Myth 6 - The government will look after me if I get sick
The Government, through Centrelink, provides financial assistance for people who suffer a serious disability.
But the Disability Support Pension doesn't go far and there are rules around who is eligible for it.
From 20 September 2009 the Disability Support Pension for a single over age 21, or under 21 with children, is $671.90 per fortnight.3
At $17,469 per annum, that's around a quarter of the average full-time income of $62,270.3 This could leave you with a funding gap when it comes to covering the bills, your rent or mortgage, medical expenses and your lifestyle.
1 This statistic is based on claims paid under all Asteron Life policies (including insurance policies through superannuation) and some Suncorp branded superannuation products between 1st January 2015 and 31st December 2015.
3 Payment rates appear as a guide only and are effective from 20 September 2009 and include Pharmaceutical allowance - www.centrelink.gov.au
4 Average Weekly Earnings, Australia May 2009, ABS, Catalogue 6302.0 www.abs.gov.au
This article has been written by and presented by Suncorp Life & Superannuation Limited ABN 87 073 979 530, trading as Asteron Life. Information provided is subject to change.
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