Critical Illness Why I need Critical Illness

Why do you need critical illness insurance?

While healthy lifestyle choices can be your best defence against some health risks, a critical illness such as cancer, stroke or heart disease can strike anyone at any time. Consider the following:

  • One in three Canadians will develop a life-threatening cancer(1).
  • One in two heart attack victims are under 65 years old(2).
  • Each year, 50,000 Canadians suffer a stroke. Of all stroke victims, 75% will be left with a disability(2).

Expenses such as private nursing or modifications to your home or vehicle to improve your mobility won't be covered under your provincial health insurance plan and may not be covered under typical employer-sponsored health plans. Then there are the other challenges that critical illnesses bring—such as finding the best medical care, meeting day-to-day needs (like caring for your children), and managing the stress and anxiety.

Critical illness insurance from RBC Insurance provides a lump-sum benefit to help support you financially, if you are diagnosed with and survive a covered critical illness. You can use this benefit payment to supplement your health insurance plan and any group disability coverage you may have:

  • Reduce your financial burden: Pay off or reduce your mortgage, credit cards or other debts. Help keep your business running.
  • Maintain your independence: Modify your home or vehicle to improve your mobility. Hire domestic help during your recovery. Fund a leave of absence for yourself or your spouse.
  • Access cutting-edge medical services: In Canada, pay for medications and treatment not covered by provincial health plans. Outside Canada, pay for treatment that may not be available at home, in addition to your family’s travel and lodging expenses.
  • Assist in your recovery any way you choose: Spend more time with your family or use the benefit in other ways that can help you focus on getting well.

What's more, with critical illness insurance from RBC Insurance, you may not have to go into debt or withdraw money from your retirement savings to remain financially stable and independent during your recovery.

How much critical illness insurance do you need?

Going beyond financial assistance

Our critical illness insurance does more than provide a claim cheque. In addition to a lump-sum payment, it provides valuable assistance services to help you and your family cope with a critical illness. Our plans include:

  • Best Doctors®* services, which give you access to the finest medical information and treatment worldwide
  • A daily living assistance benefit, which provides unlimited access to a care coach who will help you manage day-to-day activities
  • "Healing the Whole Person" kits, which can help you deal with the fear and anxiety associated with being diagnosed with a critical illness and help address the needs of the mind, body and spirit.

Explore your plan choices: