I meet so many people each week who have been diagnosed with cancer, yet have not accessed or discussed about their Superannuation.
In Australia, Super is intended to be kept as as the pension fund. There are special circumstances when Superannuation can be accessed earlier in life.
There are four main components of Insurance:
# Income Protection: Is the patient cannot work for a period of time, they can use their insurance to get a portion of their salary
# Trauma cover: Cancer, Heart attack and Stroke prompt a payout, while patients recover from this condition
# Total and Permanent Disability: a payout is made, when the patient can never return to work ever again (due to the condition)
# Terminal Illness: the final payout is made when the patient has died or has less than 24 months of life remaining
Very important to discuss this with your General Practitioner and Specialist. Having extra money in your bank is one huge stress taken off.