The cost of becoming critically ill in Australia

Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 - 17:13

Australians may be living longer as a nation, which may have given some Aussies the false security that there will never come a time where they might fall critically ill. However, research shows that there are Australians that are unprepared to handle the costs of becoming critically ill which can cost them thousands of dollars in out of pocket expenses.

Aussies still foot $30 billion despite help from the government

Australians may have the benefit of its government footing the bill when it comes to commonly prescribed medication, but this has not stopped Aussies forking out $170.4 billion on health. According to recent research released by insurer Zurich, Aussies still footed $30 billion of the bill which still continues to rise.

The cost of falling critically ill

The common misconception among Australians who have not taken out a life insurance policy is that life insurance is too expensive. However, this is proven to be false with the wide range of life insurance policies that can be purchased through an insurer and superannuation funds.

One of the leading critical illness in Australia is cancer, with 380 new cancer cases being diagnosed every day. Without an adequate life insurance policy of savings that are set aside to take care of such critical illnesses, many Aussies are left financially exposed. When it comes to men, 1 in 3 are diagnosed with some form of cancer, while 1 in 4 women are diagnosed before they turn 75. A total of 138,000 new cases are reported each year.

Cancer is just one of the critical illnesses that cost ranging from an average of $36,800 to $95,460 depending on the type of cancer a person might have. Heart disease cost averaged $25,000 in direct health care costs in 2009, and a stroke cost $18,000 on average. 

Aussies can be financially exposed when they fall critically ill

It is quite clear to see that critical illness comes with a wide range of expenses that could make many Aussies face large expenses. The loss of a job due to falling critically ill can create a domino effect that cripples many household’s budgets. It is not just the medical costs that can affect many people budget, but it is the cost of rehabilitation, hiring a carer, and still being able to maintain everyday living expenses that need to be considered.

Life insurance could be the answer when it comes to protecting you and your loved ones from these unforeseen as it is created to help you adequately cover expenses that arise from falling critically ill. You will be able to find a policy that also helps replace your spouse's salary should they choose to stay at home on a full-time basis. Always remember to compare policies to find one that will adequately cover you and your loved ones.

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