In Ireland, as of 28.05.2020, regarding cases with underlying health conditions:
Of 15,450 cases, where information is available, 53% had at least one underlying condition. The most common underlying conditions reported are
As a result, it is getting more difficult for people with diabetes to get life cover at the moment so please take the figure below under caution. If the loading is over 150%, the insurers will postpone offering cover at the moment.
In a previous blog I discussed getting getting Life Insurance with Type 2 Diabetes.
In this one, I look at Type 1 Diabetes.
Here’s an email from a worried client, does it sound familiar?
Hello Nick, I have type 1 diabetes and I can’t get life/mortgage cover because of my hb1ac reading (over 8). I’m a healthy, non-smoker and wondering if you can help me get cover. Ta, Rory
Getting life insurance for Type 1 Diabetics in Ireland is difficult BUT IT’S NOT IMPOSSIBLE.
Here’s the bones of a recent case where we managed to get a lower price for our client. The best quote he had received as a diabetes patient elsewhere had a +250% increase.
Male – 40 years of age – Diagnosed at age 26 – Latest blood pressure 131/77 – Latest cholesterol 4.06 – Latest Hb1Ac reading 80 – no other health issues.
Our insurer offered him cover with a loading of 150% (without the need for a medical report which can slow things down considerably). Instead our client completed our diabetes questionnaire in great detail and supplied a letter from his consultant.
The likelihood of getting life insurance or mortgage protection with Type 1 diabetes depends on:
Usually the increase in premium is 150%+.
e.g If a non diabetic can get cover for €20, you will pay €45 per month for the same amount of cover.
Unlikely I’m afraid unless your control has been exemplary over a long period of time but you can get cancer only cover)
Afraid so, a life insurance company won’t offer income protection insurance to someone with T1 Diabetes.
In the very best cases, someone with Type 2 diabetes can get income protection:
*If you can get a copy of your latest consultant report, we may be able to avoid the need for a medical report from your GP. This will speed things up.
It’s not difficult to get life insurance with type 1 diabetes, assuming your control is good, but you will pay more.
But we can get you covered at a much lower price than you’ll find elsewhere.
In the example above I got indicative quotes of between 150% and 300% for our client so we’ll make sure you apply to the insurer that will give you the lowest quote.
Of course, you can personally apply to all 6 life insurance companies in Ireland if you have the time…
…but there is an easier way:
We’re the experts when it come to getting you cover if you have a health issue, so we know which insurers to approach and which ones to avoid for diabetes
The process will be slow and frustrating if you do it yourself.
We’ll take the hassle away saving you time and money.
If you’re in the market for life insurance or mortgage protection and have been declined or postponed elsewhere, please get in touch.
Give me a quick outline using the form below or complete this diabetes questionnaire and I’ll get right back to you.
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