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Serious illness cover gives you peace of mind that you’ll receive financial support if you’re diagnosed with a serious illness during the term of your policy. However many people are paying more than they need to.

Our serious illness comparison service lets you easily compare prices and benefits from Ireland’s main insurance providers and is free, easy-to-use, 100% impartial and accurate.

Whether you’d like a single policy, a joint policy, or additional benefits like indexation, we’ll search a wide range of policies across multiple insurers and produce a quote for you in just seconds.

What is serious illness cover?

Serious illness cover (also called specified illness cover) pays out a tax-free lump sum in the event that you’re diagnosed with an illness that is specifically covered by your policy. Serious illness cover can be purchased as standalone cover or combined with life cover or mortgage protection under the one policy.

What does a serious illness policy cover?

Your policy terms and conditions will outline what’s covered and your insurer will only pay out if you’re diagnosed with one of the specific illnesses or disabilities that are covered.

It’s important to know that not all policies will cover the same illnesses. With some policies your condition would have to be extremely serious before you could make a claim and in many cases more common illness, such as back injury and treatable cancers, aren’t covered at all.

Also, you usually won’t be covered if your illness is judged to be caused by drug or alcohol abuse, a self-inflicted injury or a failure to follow medical advice.

What is standalone serious illness cover?

Standalone serious illness cover means that your cover is kept separate from any other life insurance policies you might have.

What is accelerated serious illness cover?

Accelerated serious illness cover is added on to a mortgage protection or life insurance policy and is best explained with an example.

  1. Say you buy €200,000 life insurance with €50,000 accelerated serious illness cover
  2. You make a successful serious illness claim
  3. €50,000 cash is paid out tax-free by your insurer
  4. Your life cover reduces by €50,000 to €150,000
  5. Your policy continues with €150,000 life cover and this amount would also be paid out if you were to die during the remainder of your policy

What is additional serious illness cover?

Additional serious illness cover is added on to a mortgage protection or life insurance policy and is best explained with an example.

  1. Say you buy €200,000 life insurance with €50,000 additional serious illness cover
  2. You make a successful serious illness claim
  3. €50,000 cash is paid out tax-free by your insurer
  4. Your life cover remains at €200,000
  5. Your policy continues with €200,000 life cover and this amount would also be paid out if you were to die during the remainder of your policy

How much does serious illness cover cost per month?

The cost of your policy will depend on several factors such as the amount of cover you choose, how long you want the policy to run for, your age, your health status, and whether you want a single life policy or joint/dual life policy. Smokers will also pay more for cover than non smokers. Use our serious illness comparison service to find out the price of cover for you.

Do I need serious illness cover?

You may need serious illness cover if you’ve no other cover that would provide for you in times of ill health, if you have a mortgage or other loans that would need to be paid off if you became ill and were unable to work, or have dependants who rely on your income.

Before taking out serious illness cover it’s always a good idea to speak with a qualified financial advisor who will conduct a full financial review with you.

How to compare serious illness cover?

Comparing serious illness cover is easy with bonkers.ie. Just fill in some simple details such as your age, the amount of cover you want, and the term the policy should run for using our online comparison service, and we'll compare polices from Ireland's main providers and produce a quote for you in just seconds.

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