Hepatitis C life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection
Hepatitis C is a viral disease that can cause serious damage to the liver through infection. If left untreated, it can cause life-threatening health consequences. It is usually possible to cure the infection with medications. A main cause of Hepatitis C is through coming into contact with the blood of another person who has the virus, such as through sharing needles (in the case of drug use), sharing toothbrushes and other bathroom products like razors. It is possible for the virus to be spread from mother to unborn child, and also through unprotected sex, although this is not a common occurrence.
It is possible to treat Hepatitis C through medicines that prevent it from spreading throughout the body. Such medications often need to be taken as a course for many weeks. Injection treatments are also available. Medications have a 90% success rate, generally speaking. However, no-one is ever immune from Hepatitis C, and there is always a risk of repeated infection.
The symptoms of Hepatitis C can be severe and hard to notice until they have progressed to an acute level. Symptoms include:
- Significant liver damage
- Poor appetite
- Increased temperature
- Muscle aches
- Abdominal pain and discomfort
- Scarring of the liver (cirrhosis) if the condition is left untreated
In extreme cases, Hepatitis C can cause severe liver damage and possibly liver failure.
Treatments for Hepatitis C include the following:
- Injection treatments
In order to minimise the risk of contracting Hepatitis C, it is important to avoid unprotected sex, shared use of needles and/or razors.
How Hepatitis C life insurance, critical illness cover and income protection works:
The following are the main criteria for underwriting an application for life insurance with Hepatitis C:
- How long you have been living with the condition
- Any medical treatment received
- Medications taken
- Your age
- Your current health
- The impact your condition has on your work and lifestyle
The Insurance Surgery is a leading Hepatitis C life insurance specialist. When you get in touch with us, we will help you to identify the best life insurance providers and cover plans for your needs. All you need to do is enter your details into one of our online forms for your free no-obligation quote for life insurance with Hepatitis C.
Hepatitis C life insurance
Underwriting for life insurance with Hepatitis C will depend on the following factors. Insurers may want further details on the following:
- Initial Hepatitis C diagnosis date
- Medications taken to ease symptoms
- Medical and/or hospital treatment received
- Whether the condition affects your daily activities
- Whether your condition stops you from working
- Details of how you contracted Hepatitis C
- Blood test results
In some cases, an insurer may want to discuss aspects of your life insurance application with you in more detail, such as recent blood test results. It is important to tell an insurer if any of the following apply to your circumstances, as they could result in cover being offered, but on non-standard terms that are bespoke to your needs:
- Intravenous drug use
- Heavy drinking
- HIV diagnosis
- Haemophiliacs with Hepatitis B or C
Many insurers will insure people with Hepatitis C if they have made a full recovery and if there is no permanent or severe damage to their liver. Ratings and premiums for Hepatitis C life insurance will differ from person to person, depending on their individual circumstances. Contact us at The Insurance Surgery so that we can compare the market for you and find you the right insurer that meets your requirements.
Hepatitis C critical illness cover
Critical illness cover, much like life insurance, can be available on standard terms to those suffering from Hepatitis C but who have recovered and have their symptoms under control, without any lasting damage to their liver. You will most likely be given similar questions that you would be asked if you applied for life insurance. In some extreme cases or if you have severe liver damage, you may require a specialist insurer for your needs.
Hepatitis C income protection
If you are looking for income protection and you suffer from Hepatitis C, you may be able to find cover that meets your needs if your symptoms are under control and you do not have significant liver damage. An insurer will want details of any medications you have been taking to manage your symptoms. It will also want details of any periods of time you have had off of work as a result of your condition.
- NHS Choices: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/hepatitis-c/
- The Hepatitis C Trust: http://www.hepctrust.org.uk/information/just-diagnosed/telling-people
At The Insurance Surgery, we are specialist life insurance experts for those who need cover but have Hepatitis C. We have helped many customers find the right cover for their personal circumstances, and can compare the market to find the right insurers for your needs.
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