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Is Income Protection Insurance Worth It?

October 11 2018 5 min read Blog Income Protection Uncategorized

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  • Car worth €50,000 – insured.
  • House worth €500,000 – insured.
  • Smart-phone worth €1000 – insured.
  • Dog worth…priceless, to be fair – insured
  • Income worth €2,500,000 – NOT INSURED

Why?

I think I know…

Because you think it’s a scam and the insurers never pay out?

You think you can’t afford it?

Or you’re afraid you don’t qualify for some reason.

These are all valid points (I asked the same questions before I took out my policy)

So let’s go through them one by one

1. Do insurers pay income protection claims?

Yes they do and they now publish their claims figures – see a previous post I wrote on life insurance claims

The insurers paid 95% of income protection claims in 2017

2. Can you afford income protection?

Maybe you can’t afford to insure the full 75% of your income….with a 4 week waiting period….that pays out until you’re 70.

But if you tweak the figures, you’ll figure an amount of cover that suits your budget.

Insuring 50% of your income with a 26 week waiting period until age 60 beats leaving yourself exposed by having no income protection at all.

Have a read of this article to find out ways you can reduce your premiums to a more affordable level

3. Do you even qualify for income protection?

More than likely yes.

The main reasons people don’t qualify are:

  • high risk occupations (pilot, garda, trapeze artist, international man of mystery)
  • previous severe health issues

If you’re worried about a pre-existing condition, please complete this questionnaire and I’ll discuss it with my underwriters in confidence.

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So they’re the reasons you’re hesitating.

Here’s why you shouldn’t:

Because income protection keeps a roof over your head

What would happen if you were unable to work long term due to illness? Your income would stop.

How would you pay your mortgage?

The bank would have some sympathy, but that wouldn’t stop them trying to evict you eventually.

Imagine if you had a magic scroll you could give to the bank that would stop them repossessing your home?

That scroll is your income protection policy certificate. It’s your promise to the bank that you’ll be able to pay your mortgage once your income protection payouts kick in.

If you’re still on the fence about the need for income protection, have a read of this case study from the UK. Some of my providers also offer the support services mentioned here. You’re not just insuring an income, you’re making sure you’ll get the help you need to get you back to work.

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Over to you…

Every day we’re inundated with reasons why we should buy things.

It’s called advertising, you could call this blog post advertising.

But if you step back and compare the benefits of an income protection policy to, let’s say a new phone, there’s only one winner.

Sure, the new phone will give you a momentary hit of dopamine…quickly followed by buyer’s remorse when a better phone is released.

But the income protection policy will give you a constant feeling of “no matter what happens, I can keep a roof over my head”.

Long term peace of mind or instant gratification…hmmm

 

The choice is yours 🙂

You might as well get an income protection quote while you’re here

Nick McGowan
lion.ie | making life insurance easier

 

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