Income Protection Insurance pays out a sum of money every month in the event that you are unable to work due to sickness or injury. The money can be used to cover your regular expenditure like mortgage payments, household bills and other living expenses.
Premiums are paid monthly and the cover is set to pay-out for a period of time, either short term (1-5 years) or up to the age of retirement. The amount that the income protection policy will pay out every month is typically limited to 65% of your monthly salary or income.
The Premiums are affected by various factors including the monthly sum insured, salary, existing health conditions, lifestyle issues like smoking and high BMI, age, occupation and any regular dangerous pursuits.
A good way to reduce the cost of the premiums is to defer when the policy pays out after a claim is registered. It is worth considering whether your employer offers any sickness benefits or whether you have any savings to extend the deferment period.