A cardiologist should always get long term coverage for own specialty disability. There are some insurance companies that offer cardiologists performing non-invasive and invasive procedures own specialty coverage up to the age of 65 – 67 years. Most of the policies have no mental disorder benefits.
A cardiologist will have a few liabilities one of which will be paying premiums while he performs in his own specialty. The most important thing to do is to contact an agent to get the best policy where the premium is not too high for all the benefits. The Insurance Company can provide you with individual disability coverage of $17,000 a month. It can also combine the policies with two carriers to help you get $25,000 a month as individual disability.
How Own Specialty Disability Insurance Works?
Own specialty disability states, that if you cannot work in your medical specialty due to injury or illness the insurance company will pay a benefit even if you can work in another medical facility. This can also hold for subspecialties. A cardiologist who works as interventional cardiologist and who also works as a general cardiologist would be able to get the benefit.
In the above situation the insurance company considers from where the cardiologist get the maximum amount of salary. So if the cardiologist is unable to do the interventional work which was getting him 75% of the salary the insurance company would pay him all the benefits even though he was working full time as a general cardiologist.
Own Specialty Disability Insurance for Physicians
When physicians want to get own specialty disability insurance policy they should check all the benefits insurance policyoffers. Many times the definition of disability causes a lot of problems for the insurer as the company pays the claim as they define the word disability in the policy.
As per the definition of occupation it is mentioned that if you cannot work in your own specialty of physician due to injury or illness or in your sub-specialty or the field the physician was working at the time of the claim he will be paid his monthly benefits. If the physician works in another field his benefits will not be reduced.
It is better to know the insurance rules and benefits from an experienced broker so that the physician is not left high and dry for his benefits.
Why Physicians should Beware of Own Occupation
An Agent or an Insurance broker should be contacted to know what own occupation implies. A professional who is a physician or an attorney Is said to be disabled if he cannot continue to do the work he was doing at the time his disability began. Definitions vary slightly from, one insurance company to another and many word choices make a lot of difference in the interpretation and practice.
According to one insurance company after the period of expiration of own occupation, the employee is said to be disabled if he cannot perform the duties of the occupation for which he is qualified. Since he can work in another field the insurance company may say you can work so you are not disabled and may not pay the benefits.
So before you get a policy of own specialty disability insurance it is better get all the terms of the contract clarified from a broker.