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The standard Group Critical Illness policy is designed to provide financial support to an employee if they are suddenly befallen by a serious illness or, in some cases, disability. International Group Critical insurance is designed to do exactly the same thing, but will provide that coverage to your employees wherever they are in the world.
For example, if a company has employees in several locations worldwide, they are all covered under one policy. As you can imagine, it’s much simpler and cost effective compared with purchasing separate plans in different countries.
International Group Critical Illness plans are paid for by the company. If an employee is diagnosed with one of the illnesses stipulated in the policy, they will receive a tax-free lump sum payment.
The employer will determine the size of the payout which is usually a multiple of their income (1x to 5x salary is customary). I.e. if the employee earns £40,000 and is covered for 2x salary, then the insurance payout would be £80,000 in the event of a successful claim.
However, you can also provide coverage as a predetermined flat amount, such as $/£/€ 100,000.
An international policy is specifically designed for businesses which have multiple office locations and want one, centrally contracted plan, to cover all those employees.
This makes International Company Critical Illness Cover a bit more expensive than a domestic, single country only plan. However, it presents numerous advantages by providing a consistent and harmonised benefit level, one contract and renewal, one payment to a single insurer and no language complications. This also allows employee communications to be simplified and unified.
The above factors significantly reduce the administration involved with running the scheme which more than covers the additional cost in premium.
Note: There are normally two levels of cover to choose from; the ‘Core’ plan, which normally covers around 7 conditions, or the ‘Extended’ cover which normally covers up to 22 conditions.
Being diagnosed with a serious illness is a major event in a person’s life and will likely have a major impact on both themselves and their loved ones.
Faced with this situation, an employee will need both financial and emotional support. The tax-free lump-sum payment can cover up to 41 different conditions and can be used for anything deemed a priority by the employee, such as:
The financial impact that comes with losing a job can be devastating. According to research, the average employee couldn’t continue to pay their bills for longer than three months without a consistent income.
This is particularly true for expatriate staff who may choose to relocate, or for staff living in countries with a high cost of living.
By offering this cover as an international employee benefit, it provides a significant peace of mind for employees and their families, should the worst happen. It is also a great benefit for attract and retaining quality staff.
An example of the types of conditions covered are:
The premium for International Group Critical Illness Insurance varies wildly. Several factors determine the premium, including:
According to the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the average critical illness claim value was £67,000 in 2020.
The top three are cancer, heart conditions and stroke.
It is standard for insurers to require that employees survive at least 14 days after diagnosis to be able to make an eligible claim. This is called the ‘Survival Period’.
No, cover is not available for pre-existing conditions, these would be excluded from cover as well as Congenital or Hereditary Conditions, or where the member suffered from an associated condition prior to joining the scheme.
Typically, the maximum age of cover is 65.
Yes, they can be. Cover is often limited at a maximum benefit and the addition will generally attract an increased premium. However, some insurers will offer cover to children for free.
You can select the currency that you wish to use for the insurance. This will determine the currency in which the premium will be paid and the currency for the payout sum (in the event of a claim). Insurers generally offer a choice between USD, GBP and EUR.
The insurer will use a standard exchange rate when reviewing the requested salary multiples / fixed lump sum to convert multiple currency salaries into the currency chosen for the scheme.
As experts in International Employee Benefits, we help our clients navigate the complexities by providing clear advice to simplify decision-making, lower risk and maximise coverage. We offer support and advice whether you are looking to review an existing International Group Critical Illness Cover or conduct a global benefits audit.
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