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Life Insurance Myths and Facts

There is a lot of apprehension when it comes to buying life insurance products. To top it all there are people around you who can build up a false dread with regard to life insurance. Most of it comes as advice, but we’ve come to notice that the advice given is not right. These myths surrounding life insurance although hard to ignore are not true.

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There are some more myths regarding online purchase of life insurance. Since online insurance products are fairly new, the trepidation is greater. Lets bust a few of these prevailing myths on life insurance. The fact should help you make a much educated decision in buying life insurance policy.

Zero assistance - This is generally associated with online purchase of life insurance cover. The myth surrounding it is that there is no personal assistance given to the buyer. The buyer is at his/her own risk when buying insurance online.

The truth however is that insurance companies selling insurance online have online assistance. If you look closely at their website there is a little ‘chat’ button. There are few other options where you can send your query through email, live chat with assistance or call on their toll free number. In fact when you’re buying online insurance there is complete assistance, guiding you in every step of your purchase.

Sharing information online is unsafe-This is a common myth attached with buying insurance online. Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, every insurance company floating online insurance polices host their sites on SSL certified servers. These servers guarantees that every individuals personal information is kept safe. Even financial transactions like credit card details and payments made, are kept under wraps. There is no way information can be leaked out, hence it is safe to buy online insurance.

Buying online is complex - Contrary to most beliefs buying life insurance online is a fairly simple process. While purchasing an insurance policy online keep the required documents within reach. Once you choose the policy you want, send in the scanned documents and fill in the details. While completing the online process you will be informed  of your premedical tests if there is any needed. Online insurance policies can be purchased from any place at anytime.

Single people don't need insurance- When you talk about life insurance the first picture that comes to mind is family security. This is a notion that has delved deep into our mindsets. Single’s therefore feel that there is absolutely no need for them to purchase an insurance policy. The fact is that every individual wether with dependents or single need an insurance policy. Singles can purchase an insurance policy for certain milestones in their life, e.g., to pay of debts, cope up with medical expenses if any, meet any expense that critical illness or disability could invite, etc.

Company provided insurance - Most companies provide life insurance to their employees as an added benefit. In such cases the employee and the employer shares the premium payment made to the insurance company. Individuals therefore believe that a company provided insurance policy is sufficient and they do not need an individual policy.

There are several reasons debunking this myth. Company provided policies become null and void once you leave the organisation or retire. In these instances you lose the insurance cover and end up with basically nothing to fall back on. Buying an insurance policy later in life is difficult as premiums could get expensive and there are several chances of policy rejection. Purchasing an individual additional insurance policy is the right choice. You could choose life term policy or a policy to meet certain milestones in your life.

Women don't need insurance - This is a misconception, even though women today share an equal responsibility by working and providing for the family. Generally families stress that financially holdings like an insurance should be bought only by the men in the family. Even stat-at-home spouses need to be insured, so that in times of any unfortunate incident their financial needs are met. Having an insurance cover ensures that they are financially secure especially in times of dire need.

*All savings are provided by the insurer as per the IRDAI approved insurance plan. Standard T&C Apply

Young people don't need insurance - Young professionals especially those with no financial responsibility do not believe in investing in adequate life cover. They stay away from any responsibility that requires them to make regular payments as these are considered to be tedious. The fact however is that buying an insurance policy when young is highly beneficial. Insurance policies are varied and one can choose an insurance cover depending on their requirement. There are protection plans, retirement planning, family floaters as well as individual covers. Buying an insurance cover when young does not attract a high premium since young people generally are healthy and do not suffer from lifestyle diseases.

These are just a few common myths about life insurance that we have aimed to  bust. Overall life insurance is a best investment options and is recommended for every type of investor regardless of age. 

Written By: PolicyBazaar - Updated: 21 January 2021
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