This is true and sad!
I just met up with a client who is urgently interested to get a medical insurance plan because the company is offering some form of cash rebates (as a form of encouragement) when any of their employees decide to “upgrade” themselves.
The outcome is that I still went ahead with the application because the client does need that medical insurance because he does not even have the basic medishield plan under the CPF Board. This is despite the fact that the client still feels that it’s not a must to have that medical insurance because he is still young and that nothing will ever happened!
But I do hope that after my fair bit of explanation and persuasion, the client will still hold on to that insurance after the rebate is given…
If You Belong To This Category Of People…
There is nothing wrong if you belong to this category of people and to enjoy the rebates from the company. But as a Financial Planner, I do wish to highlight the rationale behind the company’s decision to offer the rebates and the importance of getting yourself well-covered adequately and early.
Rationale Behind The Rebates
There are still many people who are unaware of the importance of doing a proper Financial Planning and getting themselves covered adequately under an insurance plan. Therefore the rationale behind the rebates is to encourage their employees to be actively involved in knowing what they are covered and how to get covered.
This is precisely what happened to this client. He does not even know what are the insurance plans that he has till date. He even got mixed up that his Dependent Protection Scheme (DPS) has always been his Medishield Plan.
Because of this rebate, he decides to look for me as his Financial Planner and has all his insurance plans reviewed. Though there’s no financial needs analysis done for him, at least at that meeting, he does got himself covered under a proper medical insurance (which I believe is a must-have for everybody, irregardless of how much you do not trust insurance)!