Aegon Scottish Equitable has increased the number of illnesses covered as part of a raft of changes to its critical illness (CI) proposition.
From 7 July, the firm will be adding five more illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis and open heart surgery, taking the total number of conditions covered to 36.
In addition, Aegon says it has improved the definitions on three illnesses, including heart attack, as ranked by the Association of British Insurers (ABI).
Aegon has also extended the maximum term on its guaranteed rates from 25 years to 40 years and launched a new 24 hour helpline run by Care First.
Rod McKie, head of marketing for individual protection at Aegon, says: “When someone is diagnosed with a critical illness or a family is coming to terms with the bereavement of a loved one, an insurance payout is rarely going to be the first thing on their mind.
“Although the financial aspect of dealing with these situations is vitally important, we also feel that the provision of trained counsellors at the point of need is a valuable service.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Care First to provide this service to all our protection customers.
“These improvements to our overall proposition will certainly help position AEGON Scottish Equitable as one of the leading providers of individual protection.”
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