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Health Insurance Glossary

Definitions for common health insurance terms

cancer insurance policy

DEFINITION: A cancer insurance policy is an insurance policy that pays a lump sum if the policy holder is diagnosed with cancer. These plans have payouts that typically range from $5,000 to $200,000 (plans with higher payouts have higher premiums).

Cancer insurance policies are similar to critical illness plans, but are limited to cancer diagnoses, rather than the broader array of illnesses that are covered under critical illness plans.

Cancer insurance policies are not designed to serve as stand-alone coverage; they’re intended to supplement a regular major medical health insurance plan. The money from the cancer insurance policy can be used to cover out-of-pocket costs under the major medical plan, as well as other expenses that arise during cancer treatment, like lost wages and the cost of traveling to treatment facilities.