Answer:

This is a bit of a tricky question to answer. The following combination of factors could result in your application requiring a medical:

  • A high sum assured on the policy being applied
  • The type of policy applied for
  • Your age
  • Your medical history
  • Your previous travel
  • Your occupations

Medicals are nothing to be concerned about and whilst they may seem an inconvenience, they can be of a great benefit to insurance applications. What better way for an insurer to understand the present state of your health and offer terms, than by doing a quick medical assessment. This means that the beneficiaries of the policy you take out (yourself or your kin), have the additional security that your policy has been accepted by the insurer with a clear understanding of your health. Most medicals are arranged at the insurers expense.

A medical can involve:

  • A recap of your medical history
  • Height and weight measurements
  • Blood pressure test
  • Blood test
  • Exercise test
  • Urinalysis

The majority of people will not need to undergo a medical in order to secure life insurance. However, it is common for insurers to ask see a GP or Specialist report if you have, or have had, a significant medical condition.

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