What’s the difference between health and life insurance?
Health insurance pays for your treatment in the private medical sector if you fall ill or are affected by an acute medical condition.
Life insurance, on the other hand, pays a lump sum to your loved ones if you were to die during the term of the plan. It’s also possible to take out other plans, known as Critical or Serious Illness Cover, which will pay out a lump sum if you were to suffer from a specified serious illness.
However, our health and life insurance do share two important similarities as well: firstly, unlike other providers, both are designed to help prevent illness and keep you in good health. That’s because they both give you the chance to earn rewards for getting active, like cinema tickets, weekly coffee and discounts on travel. Rewards come as standard with Personal Healthcare plans and are available on Life plans that include Wellness Optimiser or Vitality Optimiser.
Secondly, both our health and life insurance have been independently rated 5-star by Defaqto – to give you the extra peace of mind that comes with knowing you’re taking out some of the highest-quality cover available.
Do I need to take out both health and life insurance?
When should I be thinking about health or life insurance?
You never know what life might bring. It’s more likely that you’ll need healthcare the older you get, but even if you’re in your 20s or 30s, health insurance can still be useful – for example if you need fast access to a GP because of an illness, or suffer from a sporting injury and need referral to a consultant or physiotherapist.
It’s a little different with life insurance, because there are different types of cover better suited to different stages in your life. For example, when you buy your first property, you might want to protect your income - and your mortgage - should you ever have to take time off work because of an accident or illness. Similarly, when you have children, you might feel the need to provide them with a little extra security for their future. And when you’re coming up to retirement, taking out some form of cover can give you extra peace of mind in your later years or give you the opportunity to leave a gift to your family.
Can the NHS not cover my healthcare?
With our private healthcare, you have the certainty of knowing you’ll have a video consultation with one of our private Vitality GPs within 48 hours and receive fast consultant referrals. So, in the end, it comes down to a matter of deciding how much you value speed of treatment.
Do I need to have a medical before I can take out health or life insurance?
If you don’t have any pre-existing medical conditions when you take out a plan, you can just give us your personal details, pick your cover and answer some basic questions about your medical history. Depending on the answers, we may ask you for more information and exclude some medical conditions from your cover, or we may not offer you cover.
For more information on underwriting, call 0808 252 5548.
How can I cut the cost of health and life insurance?
For life insurance, you can cut the cost of your upfront premiums in the first year by up to 60%, if you add one of our Optimisers option to your plan. For fixed-term cover, the level of your starting discount depends on the length of the plan; for Whole of Life cover, it’s based on your age at the start of the plan.
Your Vitality status can allow you to keep your life insurance premiums low. For example with Vitality Optimiser, by reaching Gold Vitality status, your premium will stay the same as long as you maintain Gold status; if you reach Platinum Vitality status, your premium will go down by 1% a year, as long as you maintain Platinum status*.
There’s one more way to save money with our health and life insurance; by tracking your activity and getting active, you can earn a wide range of rewards and discounts from our partners. These include a cinema ticket at Cineworld or Vue and a weekly handcrafted drink at Starbucks.
What is Vitality Essentials as part of a Business Healthcare plan?
Vitality Essentials is a company-wide health and wellbeing solution, which brings selected benefits of the Vitality Programme and primary care services offered by Vitality GP to employees not covered by Private Medical Insurance, at no extra cost.
To find out more about what benefits are included for members with Vitality Essentials as part of a Business Healthcare plan, visit the Vitality Essentials page.
*Premium may only reduce to a maximum of 5% lower than the initial premium.