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Common life insurance myths

Common life insurance myths

Understanding more about life insurance could protect your assets and help pay off debts if you can no longer work or pass away.

There are many myths around about life insurance so here are some points that you might like to consider.

Myth One: Your life insurance only comes into effect if you pass away.

While it is true that a big benefit of life insurance is that it could help preserve the financial situation of your loved ones if you pass away, life insurance can also be of great assistance if you suffer a critical illness, get injured in an accident or become permanently disabled. If any of these things happen and you are unable to work, life insurance could help you afford out-of-pocket costs like medical bills and treatment, rehabilitation, loss of income, household bills and rent.

Myth Two: If you’re healthy, you don’t need life insurance.

It’s easy to think you don’t need life insurance if you’re fit and healthy. But if you are planning, or have recently experienced a big life change, such as buying a house, getting married or having a baby, you should consider what might happen if the unexpected were to occur and how you would maintain your family’s lifestyle. It is also worthwhile to keep in mind that if you do experience health issues in the future this may make you ineligible for life insurance cover or attract higher premiums.

Myth Three: If you have private health cover, you don’t need life insurance.

Private health cover can be a big help if you need to go to hospital or encounter certain health care costs, but it doesn’t provide cover for costs such as any rehabilitation you may require, or your mortgage repayments. Life insurance can assist in covering these additional expenses, and help preserve your family’s financial situation, in the event of an accident or if you suffer a serious illness and are no longer able to work. 

Myth Four: The built-in life insurance in your superannuation policy is all you need.

Many super funds offer life insurance for their members. It is important to find out the extent of your cover through your super and whether it would be sufficient to cover all your expenses including future ones, such as your mortgage or school fees, if you could no longer work. If you find you do not have enough cover, you could consider standalone life insurance to cover the gap. 

This article is intended to provide general information of an educational nature only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. You should consider seeking independent financial advice before making any decision based on this information. Commonwealth Bank of Australia ABN 48 123 123 124 (CBA). CommInsure Home Insurance is issued by Commonwealth Insurance Limited ABN 96 067 524 216 AFSL 235030 (CIL). CIL is a wholly owned but non-guaranteed subsidiary of CBA.