Here are some cold facts when it comes to cancer: India has around 2.25 million cases with over 1 lakh new cases being registered every year, according to Cancerindia.org. In 2018, the disease led to nearly 7 lakh, deaths. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) estimates that the country is likely to register over 17 lakh new cases and report over 8 lakh deaths by 2020 . In fact, the most common cancers in the country, namely, lung, oral, uterine, cervix and large intestine cancer are linked with having very strong lifestyle risks. However, it is important to remember that cancer can affect anyone, regardless of age, lifestyle, health condition and it is critical to have protection against the same. Diagnosis of cancer doesn’t only take a toll on your mental and physical health, but can also burn a hole in your savings due to the exponential cost of treatment associated with the same
Given the exact nature, type, stage, the treatment can cost lakhs of rupees. In short, one family member suffering from cancer can derail the entire family’s short-term and long-term financial goals apart from causing severe emotional trauma. Mediclaim plans will provide reimbursements for expenses incurred while regular critical illness covers will provide a lumpsum payout generally at the most severe levels of cancer. A health plan, specifically designed for cancer ensures that the payouts happen at even the early stages of cancer, limiting the financial impact on the family.
Also, remember that cancer care and treatment are long-term which makes it a recurring expense and an extremely painful procedure especially mentally. Cancer costs are also not limited to mere hospital bills. A number of other expenses may be incurred during the course of treatment The payouts in a cancer specific insurance plan can be used to cover all such expenses
A number of cancer plans also offer some cover variants where additional benefits like an enhanced cover, income benefit etc are available. Income benefit is another feature that can be of help during the recovery phase, particularly if the health condition is debilitating enough to force a break from employment. This is an extremely important feature especially if a family’s breadwinner is suffering from cancer.
No matter how much care you take, where you live or what your family history is, cancer poses a very real threat to your lifestyle. The only thing that works against it is early detection and extensive treatment. Buying a cancer insurance plan is the one way to protect you and your family from the financial perils that hopefully never follow.
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