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Average age of critical-illness claimants falls

The average age of critical-illness claimants is falling, says Scottish Provident.

The average age for a CI claim was 42 in December 2002 compared with 44 in June 2002.

Women are claiming on policies two years younger than men, 41 compared with 43. Scottish Provident suggests that the extra years of life traditionally enjoyed by women may not necessarily be healthy ones.

The firm says the figures also show that cancer tops the list of causes of claims, accounting for 55 per cent of all claims. Forty-two per cent of all male claims and 73 per cent of female claims are for cancer. Child cover claims are the sixth most common cause for a claim, with more than 90 per cent of these claims coming from leukaemia.

Head of product development and marketing Nick Kirwan says: “The whole point of CI insurance is to ensure that people know if the worst should happen they would not have any financial worries. By showing them the numbers of claims which are paid, we can prove this is the case.”


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