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​​Understanding disability income insurance

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23 Oct 2018 | 1 min. read

Disability income insurance pays you a fixed amount each month to replace the income you lose if you're unable to work due to an illness or accident. Find out how it can protect you and how much it pays out.

Key takeaways

  • Policy pays a monthly benefit but it may not completely cover your entire income.
  • Payouts can be for up to 5 or 10 years, or until you are 60 or 65.
  • Benefits are payable only if you're continuously disabled after the deferred period.

What is disability income insurance?

Disability income insurance pays you for the loss of income due to an accident or illness. The policy helps to ease your financial loss, but will not completely replace your income before the accident or illness.

Key features

  • Pays a fixed amount each month to replace the income you lose if you are unable to work due to an illness or accident. Pays up to 80% of your average monthly salary.
  • Payment of benefits usually starts if you are disabled after the deferred period.
  • The monthly income may be paid for up to 5 or 10 years, or until you are 60 or 65.
  • Payment will stop or reduce once you can start work again.
  • Reduction in benefits may be in proportion to your recovery.
  • Clarify with your insurer how 'disability' is defined in the policy. It may vary from insurer to insurer.
  • Premium payable depends on many things, including the definition of disability used. Check with your insurer for the definitions used in your policy.

Last updated on 02 Nov 2018