So what type of life insurance policies don’t do underwriting upfront?
Usually, those sold by telemarketers and other low grade insurance resellers. Some of the more common life insurance policies sold through telemarketers have the bulk of their underwriting assessment done at claim time. For the uninformed consumer, we say this is dangerous (probably bordering on crazy) because you never really know if you are insured until you have to claim.
- This means that for the first 5 years you may not be covered for what you expect. (Have a look at the fine print of these policies and see for yourself)
- It also means that at claim time, if an insurance company were to decide that you were never really eligible for the policy in the first place, they simply won’t pay out the claim and might simply refund the premiums paid to that date.
- The risk to you of not understanding the fine print is particularly significant.
Where is the peace of mind with this type of policy you ask? Yep, we’re still looking for that ourselves. Without the assistance of a speciality risk adviser from unusualrisks.com.au you’re totally on your own. And who will be there for you and your loved ones at claim time? A different telemarketer this time perhaps?