Some people just don’t believe in Life Insurance. It’s incredulous to us, but there is a sizable population of them out there.
The notion of people not believing in proper financial risk management seems pretty far fetched in this day and age where the literacy rate is 97%, until we are reminded that there are people who believe in the flat earth theory and that the moon landings were a hoax.
Maybe some people just believe in doing things that hard way.
Regardless, being the nice folk that we are, let us examine what options exist for people that stubbornly refuse to purchase life insurance. In descending order of seriousness, here are the options available:
1. Self Insure
Insurance 101: Insurance is the pooling of risk, such that when disaster strikes a small subset of the population, they receive financial compensation for the disaster. Everyone pays a small amount to participate in that pool.
For a person who refuses to enter that pool (buy insurance), he or she can simply self insure. Meaning set aside a sum of money at regular intervals of time (say monthly), until something happens (say cancer). Then its time to break the piggy bank and use the savings for treatment.
Here’s a worked example on how this is executed.
John hates all agents with a vengeance and decides to self insure for cancer. He sets aside $400 dollars a month to use for medical fees if he gets bad news from an oncologist.
To achieve a payout sum of $400,000, he needs to save for 1000 months (83 years) and ensure he does not contract cancer during that period.
The alternative is of course just to purchase cancer insurance, which works out to around $600 a year, depending on which insurer provides the quote. But hey, let’s just do things the hard way!
What else is possible?
2. Risk it
If setting aside a sum of money that needs to be locked up for eternity does not appeal to you, then the next most viable alternative is just to YOLO it. And since there are two ways of interpreting YOLO, we mean the more irresponsible way (You only live once, so heck it!)
In stark contrast, the responsible interpretation of YOLO is: You only live one, so better do it right! We don’t refer to this interpretation here.
Our same protagonist John can also just throw caution to the wind and live his life as if nothing unexpected would ever happen to him.
Except that cancer is already the leading cause of death in Singapore, contributing to 29.7% of deaths in 2015. (Source here)
How’s Russian Roulette with one bullet in a 3 chamber pistol sound?
Which brings us to our last option.
3. Hope and Pray
This is self-explanatory. While John is praying for the avoidance of cancer, he should also pray for the avoidance of:
– 35 other critical illnesses
– Workplace mishaps resulting in loss of income
– Premature death that might send his family into financial hardship
– Losing his luggage on that trip to Taiwan
Easy peasy, really. Just secure the services of a sympathetic deity of choice.
Which ones of these options resonate with you?
Let us know in the comments below!
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