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Cover for you and your children
Half of our customers pay £20 a month or less for our Critical Illness Plan, which provides financial support if you get diagnosed with 1 of the 54 illnesses we cover 1.
We’ll pay if your child is diagnosed with or undergoes surgery for a critical illness
Lump sum payment
Financial support to help you focus on your health if you’re diagnosed with 1 of 54 conditions we cover
Flexible length of cover
Choose how long you’d like your cover to last – from 5 to 50 years
You can choose between 2 types of cover depending on your circumstances. Use the money from a claim in any way you like, whether it's to pay for treatment or help cover lost income while you recover.
Critical Illness explained
A lot of us think we’ll never be diagnosed with a critical illness. But in reality, it could happen to anyone. How would you and your family cope financially if you became ill?
Whether it’s paying for treatment, or helping to cover your salary while you get better, our Critical Illness Plan could make a big difference if you’re diagnosed with a life-changing illness. We cover over 50 conditions, including nearly all types of cancer, as well as heart attacks and strokes.
We offer different types of cover: level cover and decreasing cover.
With level cover, what you pay each month stays the same for the whole term of the policy, and so does the cover amount.
If you’d prefer your cover amount to rise with the cost of living, you can choose to protect it against the effects of inflation, which means that what you pay will also increase over time.
Decreasing cover works like a repayment loan with a fixed interest rate. So, the value of your cover decreases gradually, but the amount you pay stays the same.
Our Critical Illness Plan also includes children’s cover – so the whole family can stay protected.
Your cover can last between 5 and 50 years – or up until your 75th birthday.
When it comes to how much cover you’ll need, everyone’s different. How much would you need to cover your monthly outgoings? Think about everyday costs, like household bills and childcare.
Or, how would you pay for any unexpected treatment costs, so that you and your family were able to live life as normally as possible? Even a small amount of critical illness cover could allow you to take the time you need to recover, or take a well-deserved holiday.
At Aviva, our cover is designed with you in mind. With flexible cover length, children’s cover and lump sum pay-outs – we’re here when you need us most.
What our Critical Illness cover offers
Our Critical Illness Plan will pay out if you’re diagnosed with or have surgery for an illness that meets our policy definition during the term of the policy and survive for at least 10 days. We only cover the critical illnesses we define in our policy and no others.
- Lump sum payment
If you’re diagnosed with a critical illness that meets our policy definition and survive for 10 days, we’ll give you a lump sum payment
- 54 conditions covered
We cover more than 50 conditions, all outlined in our policy conditions
- Flexible length of cover
You can choose the length of cover you need – from 5 to 50 years – and the cover can last until you’re 75
- Cover for your child
If your child has a critical illness (not a terminal illness), we’ll pay up to £25,000 or 50% of the cover amount (whichever is lower)
- Joint to a single policy
If you separate from your partner, you can split your policy into 2 single ones. And you won't have to answer any new health and lifestyle questions
- Up to £1million worth of cover
We provide a cover limit of up to £1million to help when you need it
- Additional Critical Illness benefit
Each person covered can claim for some additional critical illnesses – and the policy won’t end when we pay a successful claim
What's not covered
Unfortunately, we can’t cover everything and we won’t pay out if:
- You're diagnosed with a critical illness outside the policy term
You won’t be covered if you’re diagnosed with a critical illness before you take out the policy or after your policy ends
- You don’t survive 10 days following diagnosis
If you pass away within 10 days of being diagnosed, we won’t pay out. If you do want to be protected against that eventuality, you’d need Life Insurance
- You pass away
If you pass away, your policy will end and the policy won’t pay out. If you have a joint policy and one person passes away, cover will continue for the other policyholder
- Not paying your premiums
If your payments stop, so does your cover. The policy has no cash-in value at any time
- You’re diagnosed with a critical illness not listed in our policy
You'll be covered for the 54 conditions in our policy, but not for any others
- Once the policy pays out, it’ll end
Once you make a claim on your policy and we make the payment, your policy will end and we won’t pay out again (unless it’s a children’s or additional critical illness claim)
Policy documents for Critical Illness cover
See a full list of what's covered in our policy wording.
Are you eligible for Critical Illness cover?
To get cover, you need to be:
- A permanent resident of the UK (this doesn’t include the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man or Gibraltar)
- Aged between 18 and 64 (for a joint policy, the maximum age applies to the oldest person covered)
Our different types of cover
We offer different types of critical illness cover: level cover and decreasing cover. The type of cover you want may depend on what you want to protect, and how much you’d like to pay each month.
With level cover, you choose the cover amount and how long you want the cover to run for. The amount of cover and the amount you pay each month stays the same until your policy ends.
Level cover could be a good option if you’re looking to maintain loved ones’ living standards, and can help to cover things like:
- Your salary
- Any additional health and living costs
- Rent payments
- Continue to make mortgage payments
- Children’s school fees or other childcare costs
Protecting your cover from the effects of inflation
You can choose to make your cover amount increase in line with inflation. This ensures that the lump sum won't be worth less in the future because of the rise in the cost of living. With this option, the amount of cover and the amount you pay can both go up each year.
The maximum annual increase is 15% to your premium and 10% to your cover amount 2.
This type of cover is designed to help you to pay off a repayment mortgage, or other debts or loans that you pay monthly, if you're diagnosed with a critical illness during the term of your policy.
What you pay each month remains the same, unless you make changes to your policy.
Decreasing cover usually costs less than level cover. That’s because the value of the loan amount or repayment mortgage you’re paying off gradually decreases over time, and so does the cover.
How Critical Illness cover can help
Everyone’s circumstances are different, but most people start to think about Critical Illness cover to help protect their partner or family financially.
Protecting your salary
When his pal Arnie had a heart attack, Paddy looked into what help he’d need financially if he was in a similar situation. He took out a £350,000 Critical Illness Plan for 7 years to match his salary, so he was covered. Plus, with our increasing cover the amount rose each year to protect against inflation 3.
Added protection alongside life insurance
Josh discovered critical illness cover when he started looking into life insurance. He decided to take out a Critical Illness Plan for £150,000 alongside his life insurance policy so that if he became ill and couldn’t work, he’d be able to pay for extra health-related costs and still maintain his lifestyle 3.
Looking for more cover?
We have a range of options to help protect your family's future. There is no cash-in value at any time.
Cover for your mortgage, children’s university fees, loss of salary and more if you pass away.
Cover: Up to £5,000,000
Payment: If you get a terminal illness and aren’t expected to live longer than 12 months or you pass away
Over 50s Life Insurance
Affordable over 50s cover that lasts a lifetime.
Cover: £257 to £32,054 (subject to age and premium)
Payment: When you pass away
Free Parent Life Cover
A year’s worth of life cover for parents of children under 4. Absolutely free.
Age: 18-66 with a child under 4
Payment: If you pass away
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