Cancer Insurance vs Critical Illness Plan: Which One Do You Need?

Cancer Insurance vs Critical Illnesses Cover

In Singapore, it is estimated that 1 in4 people may develop cancer in their lifetime, with 46 people being diagnosed with cancer, and 16 people dying of cancer every day1. The good news is early detection can help patients survive their battle with cancer. The bad news is that medical treatment isn’t cheap.

According to the 2022 study by the Life Insurance Association (LIA), Singapore had an 74% critical illness protection gap. That means, on average, an individual would require a critical illness coverage of around S$354,000, but the available Critical Illness (CI) plans only cover an average of around S$193,000. Cancer insurance was developed to meet the rise in cost for cancer-related diagnoses and treatments. Here, we look at the differences between CI plans and cancer insurance.

What are Critical Illness plans and how do they work?

Critical Illness (CI) plans provide additional financial coverage for serious diseases that may incur extraordinary hospital charges. CI plans may be available on their own or as an additional add-on feature to a Life insurance policy called rider.

What is Cancer Insurance and what does it cover?


Cancer Insurance provides financial support to cover the cost of your cancer diagnoses and treatments. Such coverage may be important to you if you have a family history of cancer and may be concerned about the financial burden it brings. A typical cancer insurance coverage varies when it comes to the stage of cancer, but with Cancer Insurance from Tiq by Etiqa Insurance, you can get coverage for all stages of cancer for up to S$200,000.

Furthermore, while CI plans may impose a required survival period – a period of time you need to be alive after being diagnosed with a critical illness before you can enjoy the benefits – Cancer Insurance from Tiq has no survival period.

Differences between cancer insurance and CI plans at a glance

Cancer Insurance Critical Illness Plans
1.       Diseases covered Cancers 37 critical illnesses and may include other less common conditions
2.       Extent of coverage Diagnoses and treatments for different stages of cancer, may include recurring and relapse cases Late-stage diseases, while early-stage coverage may incur higher premium.

Some critical illness plans and riders may cover multiple claims.


Which one should you get?

While CI plans may also provide coverage for cancer, it may not be as comprehensive as a standalone cancer insurance. And while cancer insurance covers cancer-related treatments, it cannot support you when it comes to other illnesses. Having a basic CI plan will ensure that you are well-covered against critical illnesses, whereas Cancer Insurance can do the heavy lifting when it comes to the cost of cancer diagnosis and treatments.

The importance of Cancer Insurance

There’s a stark difference between cancer insurance and critical illness plans.

If you are looking for a Due to the expensive cost of cancer treatment that can extend over a long period of time, it makes sense to consider Cancer Insurance as part of your insurance portfolio. Everyone is vulnerable to cancer and the road to recovery may take a toll on an individual physically, mentally and financially. Since our Cancer Insurance from Tiq by Etiqa Insurance provides coverage for up to S$200,000, let us worry about financial matters, while you focus on getting better.


1Singapore Cancer Society – “Common Types of Cancer in Singapore”

Information is correct as of 7 December 2023.

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