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Life Insurance

When you apply for Life Insurance, thyroid problems will need to be detailed to the insurer so that they can fully assess your health before offering cover. The policy terms that you will be offered will depend upon the type of condition that you had or still have, the severity of the condition, any medications you take and any other treatments you have received or are scheduled to do e.g. surgery, chemotherapy, etc.

For conditions such as thyroid cancer you would be best looking at our cancer page for details on obtaining Life Insurance.

For individuals with hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism, provided that you have been diagnosed with the condition for at least three months and it is controlled well with or without medication, you can secure Life Insurance at normal terms with some providers. Where there has been surgery and/or removal of the thyroid gland there are a number of insurance providers who will offer cover at standard terms, given that you are fully recovered from the treatment. Please see the links below for further details about how your thyroid condition may effect your Life Insurance application.

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Critical Illness Cover

Where your thyroid condition has been well controlled for at least three months, with or without medication, and there are no surgeries scheduled you can often secure this policy at standard terms (depending on the condition). If your thyroid condition has started to effect your eyes it is possible that the insurance provider may place special terms on your policy. Where surgery is scheduled and/or the condition is severe the insurer may wish to speak with your GP to establish the overall state of your health, or suggest that you delay the application until after the operation or once the condition is more well controlled. Please use the links below to see more details regarding your thyroid condition and Critical Illness Cover underwriting guidelines.

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Income Protection

You tend to find that Income Protection applications for those with thyroid disorders have stricter underwriting guidelines than the other policy types mentioned above. By approaching the correct insurance provider with your application you may be able to secure an Income Protection policy at ordinary rates despite your condition. This is dependent upon your condition being well controlled for the last three months at least and no surgeries or other strong treatments scheduled. If your vision is affected by your thyroid condition then the provider may place special terms on your policy. We strongly recommend that you speak with one of our insurance advisers who will place your application with the correct insurer to secure the best terms for your circumstances. For more information regarding your thyroid condition and Income Protection please use the links below.

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Thyroid Conditions:

The Special Risks Bureau regularly arrange Life, Life and Critical Illness and Income Protection application requests for the following thyroid conditions:

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Summary definition

Thyroid conditions affect the ability to regulate the amount of thyroxine and triiodothyronine within the human body. Regardless of the condition that is causing problems with the thyroids function, the body will struggle with the abilities to convert food to energy, maintain a regular heart beat and body temperature. In essence thyroid conditions effect the body's growth and metabolism faculties.

Other Services Available

You can apply for any of the following services through ourselves

* Please note that accident and sickness cover will likely exclude pre-existing health conditions.
** These services are placed with our selected partners.

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