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Critical Illness

Don't try and predict your future... Be prepared for it!

"You need financial independence when you're ill. Not because you're going to die, but because you're going to live."

Dr. Marius Barnard, heart surgeon

You may feel as the rest of us and not want to consider the reality of one day being told you have a serious illness. Unfortunately the statictis are not to your favour. Living with a critical illness can be challenging, physically, emotionally, and financially. Many of us may rely too much on our health care system.

Due to advances in medical science and increasing life expectancies survival rates are improving. However, surviving a critical illness often means having financial burdens and overwhelming medical expenses.

  • 86% of hospitalized heart attack patients survive
  • 80% of stroke patients survive the initial event

What are my chances of suffering from a critical illness?

  • 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are predicted to develop heart disease in their lifetime
  • Every year in Canada there are 40,000 to 50,000 strokes

During ones lifetime:

  • 1 in 2.4 men and 1 in 2.7 women will develop cancer
  • It's estimated that 2,798 Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer every week
  • An estimated 50,000 Canadians, twice as many women has men, have Multiple Sclerosis

*Stats based on 2004 Heart & Stroke, MS, Canadian Cancer Society
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Did You Know Even If You've Been Previously Ill You May Still Qualify!

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