Aviva paid £62 million to its critical illness customers during the first six months of 2011, a 21% increase on the same period last year.
755 people received payments between January and June 2011, averaging £81,000 each.
During the first six months of the year 92.5% of critical illness claims were paid, bringing the last 12 months’ claims paid percentage to 94.3%.
Aviva research has found that financial support can aid cancer patients in a number of ways:
- Providing peace of mind to aid physical and emotional recovery
- Giving people the chance to take time off work to recover / adapt to lifestyle changes
- Relieving the stress caused by juggling work and illness / treatment side effects
- Covering new expenses such as childcare and support around the home.