Nothing can be taken for granted in life and that goes with illness too, with even the healthiest people at risk of being struck down with something nasty.
As pessimistic as it sounds, there really isn’t any way of ensuring you don’t get hit with any disease or illness. After all, even a healthy lifestyle won’t be able to fight off some of the more serious illnesses or conditions.
With the vast majority of us relying on a regular income stream from jobs, suddenly being rendered incapable of going to work can prove to be financially disastrous when there are bills to be paid and families to support.
Some people will be able to claim sick pay from their employers, however, a great number won’t enjoy such a luxury and are faced with the prospect of having no regular money coming in coupled with constant outgoings.
Even those who do have sick pay benefits within their employment contract are likely to see the amount they receive reduce over the course of time, which is usually unsustainable when talking in terms of years or decades.
There are government benefits that can be claimed when someone is unable to work but these are never likely to be sufficient to live well upon, bills and other financial commitments withstanding.
Obviously if you are someone who runs their own business or co-owns a firm then this, on the whole, exacerbates the problem because you are not only in charge of your own livelihood, but others’ too.
So just what can you do to try and avoid becoming embroiled in debt when sudden illness strikes?
Well, the saying goes that prevention is better than the cure, but as we know some illnesses just can’t be prevented. A healthy lifestyle with minimal stress will always help fight off certain conditions but for others, this won’t make any difference.
In this regard, trying to opt for a ‘cure’ of sorts is probably the best option and this can be found in a good insurance policy.
This way, you can be sure to have a regular stream of money coming in from your policy, should the worst happen and you have to leave work.
When you take out this policy, it’s vital that you make sure it’s wide-ranging and covers you for all eventualities and also that you are protected for as lengthy an absence as possible.
After all, as unpalatable as it may sound, with some illnesses, you could face a great deal of time away from the office and so you need to be adequately covered.
If illness does befall you and you are simply unable to work, even if you do get sick pay for a lengthy period of time, then it’s essential that you know fully what your financial situation is.
Work out what your monthly bills are, on average, as well as taking into account any previous debts and also what you can expect in sick pay, should you receive any.
This way you can’t be accused of burying your head in the sand, as you will know exactly where you stand, which will help you enormously in the next stage of the journey.
This involves speaking to a professional debt management firm about what your options are to wipe out debt.
Such organisations will be able to take into account what your needs are and what you should be looking to do to get out of any problems you may be facing, financially speaking.
The sooner you aware of the problems you have, the sooner you will be able to help yourself and reduce your debts, should illness strike.
Don’t forget that illness and debt often go hand-in-hand, with the latter actually causing the former, rather than the other way round, in some circumstances.
There’s nothing to feel ashamed about in this regard but it is important to have a backup plan and adequate cover, should the worst happen and you suffer an unexpected bolt from the blue.
As with all causes of debt, having a sufficient plan to cope with eventualities is essential as is being able to ask for help, should you need it.
After all, like debt, illness can strike suddenly and cause a great deal of damage.
This article was produced by Debt Free Direct who provides help with debt management, consolidation and bankruptcy. If you are having problems with debt then don’t hesitate to get touch or visit us online.