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What is Insurance? Everything You Need to Know About Insurance



What is Insurance? Everything You Need to Know About Insurance

What is insurance?

Insurance can be thought of as a safety net for both you and your family in the event of a significant life change such as losing a job, becoming sick or injured, or death.

Insurance can also protect your assets such as your home or car.

Policies vary depending on where you live and what kind of coverage you want. There are policies available to cover almost anything – from disability to auto accidents – but it’s important to weigh the costs and benefits of certain types before signing up for them.

How  insurance works

Each type of policy varies with respect to how it plays out. Some insurance plans will pay a set amount for an item, others will pay a portion of the price, and some offer you replacement coverage at cheaper prices.

It is also important to check whether or not your plan offers you “residual benefits” which may allow you to keep part of the money even if you make changes to your policy later on down the road.

What are some common types?

The most common types of insurance are medical, life, car/auto, renters/homeowners, disability, long-term care/assisted living, dental, pet insurance, boat /motorcycle/scooter, etc.

Other forms include travel health plans, identity theft protection plans, and burial policies. There are even “gap coverages” that protect you in case you are unable to work due to an accident or illness.

What are the differences between Life Insurance and Critical Illness Insurance?

Critical illness insurance pays out a cash benefit if you are diagnosed with certain serious illnesses like cancer, congestive heart failure, stroke, etc.

Life insurance provides coverage for your loved ones in the event of your death; however, some life insurance plans will offer payment if you become terminally ill with an extended prognosis (one year or more).

How does disability differ from Long-Term Care/Assisted Living?

Disability insurance typically offers benefits following an accident or illness.

A longer-term plan may provide coverage for someone who becomes physically disabled due to an accident or illness and may cover long-term care expenses such as nursing homes and home healthcare.

How do I choose between renters insurance, homeowners insurance, and boat/motorcycle/scooter insurance?

Renters insurance is meant to provide coverage for your personal property when it’s away from the home, i.e. in a rental unit or apartment.

Homeowners insurance is meant to protect you against damages that occur on the premises of your insured dwelling, including loss of use.

This type of policy also covers insurable perils like fire, theft, vandalism, etc. which is why it costs more than renters insurance. Those with boats, motorhomes, or motorcycles should consider specialized coverage to protect both these items while they are being used.

What are some other types of insurance?

Burial plans, or funeral coverage, can help to cover the costs associated with final arrangements. These policies often include features like pre-paid funerals and cremations, limiting cost increases in the event of an unexpected death, and allowing for flexibility in choosing what you want to be done with your body.

Other forms of specialized insurance include critical illness plans that pay out a lump sum if you are diagnosed with certain serious illnesses. Travel insurance protects you when traveling in Canada and internationally.

It only protects against emergencies that happen while traveling. Your home insurance does not protect you if you travel, so it is important to get more insurance for that time period.

What type of plan should I choose?

You should think about whether or not you can afford to replace any items that may be lost in the event of a claim and how easily they would be replaced; this includes electronics, furniture, etc.

You should also determine what your needs will be down the road with regard to medical care and long-term care: many people opt for Critical Illness or Life Insurance when they get older because health conditions become more prevalent at this stage in life.

It’s important to note that these policies usually require a waiting period before coverage begins (typically anywhere from 30 to 90 days). This means you won’t receive benefits if you become sick during this time frame.

Insurance can be complicated so it’s best to consult with a broker who specializes in this type of coverage before you make any purchasing decisions.

A good insurance agent will provide information and suggestions on what would work best for your individual needs and goals while explaining the differences between policies and procedures.

Choosing the right policy can ensure that your family is taken care of if something unforeseen happens.


Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Long-Term Care/Assisted Living, Renters Insurance, Homeowners Insurance, Boat/motorcycle/scooter insurance, and Burial plan are the examples of the most common types of insurance.

Furthermore, you have to consult with a broker who specializes in this type of coverage before you make any purchasing decisions because it is complicated.

Disability insurance replaces your income. It is similar to a retirement plan. Disability insurance can be used if you get injured and cannot work because of it, or if you get sick and need to stay home from work because of it.

People can also use life insurance, which pays for things like final expenses, or they could use a loan later on in life if their medical examination does not go well.

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