Critical Illness

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When you organise cover with our team you will get the following benefits:
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Our expert advisors can help you find the best policy from many large providers such as Legal & General, Aviva, Vitality and Scottish Widows. We also have access to solutions from various smaller specialist providers.

No fee to advise & arrange

We don't charge to discuss your requirements; there are no fees for us to research and explain your cover options, we don't even charge to arrange the cover, organise a trust and even write your Will at the same time - no fees whatsoever!

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Using our professional comparison tool (CI Expert) we are able to compare not only pricing but also the number of conditions covered and the pay-out definitions of each condition.

Explain products & options

Critical Illness cover, serious illness cover, accident & sickness, income protection - with so many options let us explain each and help you find the right cover for you and your family.

Health based recommendation

When we make a recommendation we take into account your health, family history and lifestyle, this means that when we give you a price, it is less likely to be adjusted following the underwriting process.

Review existing policies

As part of the advice process we always take a look at any existing policies that you have in place and review them to ensure they are the most comprehensive and competitive available.

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When you take a policy with Dunham McCarthy Mortgages our colleagues at are happy to provide a full, legally binding last will and testament without charge - it's all part of the service!

Policies written into trust

To minimise delays and reduce Inheritance Taxes, we can write you policy into a discretionary trust, again no charge!

What is Critical Illness Cover?

Critical illness insurance, often referred to as critical illness cover, is an insurance policy that pays you a lump sum of money, should you be diagnosed with one of the pre-determined illnesses covered within the policy.

The lump sum of money is designed to support you – and your family, with the life changing circumstances brought about by the illness. The money can be used to pay the mortgage, household bills or equipment required to facilitate the necessary lifestyle changes due to your illness.

Critical illness payments are not classed as income so you will not be taxed on any sum you receive.

What types of illnesses does Critical Illness Insurance cover?

Typically, critical illness covers you for cancer, hear attack, stroke, organ failure, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. 

In most cases, critical illness covers you for around 40 illnesses / conditions although the amount can vary from between 10 to 100!

What types of Critical Illness Insurance are there?

Whilst products vary from provider to provider, typically there is ‘Level Term’ and ‘Decreasing Term.’

Do I need Critical Illness Insurance?

The answer to this is that, if you can afford it, it is always a good idea to have such an insurance policy in place – particularly if you are the main earner and that you have a family that depends on you.

It’s worth understanding that whilst you might be entitled to some form of state benefit(s) these most likely won’t amount to very much; usually around £100 a week which isn’t a lot – especially if you have a family.

Before taking out a policy, it’s also worth, if you are employed, looking into what might be available from your employer – this might help determine the amount of additional cover you require.

How much does Critical Illness Insurance cost?

Whilst critical illness cover can start from as little as £10 a month, there really is no ‘average or typical cost, since there are many varying factors:

Does Critical Illness Insurance always pay out?

Most insurers pay out more than 90% of all claims made. However, there are always a small percentage that are not paid. This is usually because someone has succumbed to an illness, condition or injury that is not covered.

You need also to be aware that some providers / policies can state how serious a condition needs to be before it will pay out.

Where should I get my Critical Illness from?

There are many sources – as quick look online will indicate. As always, ‘knowledge is key’ and it pays to spend some time comparing what seem to be similar offerings. The devil is very much in the detail – and cheapest isn’t always the best answer!

It costs nothing to get some advice from a well – established independent specialist like Dunham McCarthy Mortgages who already know the best providers and who fully understand the small print ramifications.

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The Process


Answer a few simple questions

The first step is to find out a little more about your situation before scheduling a consultation with the most suitable specialist. Appointments are usually available within a few hours or can be scheduled in the future.


Speak with one of our expert advisors

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Let us find you the best deal

Once we understand your goals the final step is for your advisor to research the market and find you the most suitable product.