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According to Investopedia,“financial health is a term used to describe the state of one’s personal financial situation. There are many dimensions to financial health, including the amount of savings you have, how much you are setting away for retirement and how much of your income you are spending on fixed or nondiscretionary expenses.”
Dr. Marius Barnard, a heart surgeon that assisted his brother Christian in the world’s first human to human heart transplant in 1967, was the unlikely pioneer of critical illness insurance (full living benefits). He believed that a person’s financial health is as important as one’s physical health and just as we must go to a doctor to preserve our physical health, we must also make provisions to ensure our financial health is protected with insurance that includes living benefits, he often stated.
In treating patients that he diagnosed with critical illnesses and subsequently witnessing their financial devastation in many cases, Dr. Barnard realized that his patients needed to have the ability to tap into their life insurance death benefit while they are living and receive the money they need to continue to support their families upon the diagnosis of critical illnesses such as heart attack, cancer and stroke.
He began his quest by meeting with insurance companies in his native South Africa and ultimately became the father and inventor of critical illness insurance (full living benefits).
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According to Wikipedia, “Barnard was motivated by the financial hardship he saw his patients suffer after he had treated their critical illnesses to convince the South African insurance companies to introduce a new type of insurance to cover critical illnesses. Barnard argued that, as a medical doctor, he can repair a man physically, but only insurers can repair a patient’s finances.”
Regarding Dr. Barnard’s life and influence, Wikipedia explains that, “Barnard was a member of the South African parliament between 1980 and 1989, for the Progressive Federal Party – one of the few political parties that opposed apartheid. Barnard has received many awards for his contributions to medicine and humanity, and was voted in the top 25 most influential people in the field of health insurance and protection.”
He died on November 14, 2014.
Wealth Path IQ sincerely appreciates and acknowledges the late Dr. Marius Barnard for his amazing pioneering work in the medical and insurance disciplines. We model our philosophy after him with respect to the importance of the marriage of medicine and insurance to create the best strategy to achieve physical and financial health.
In addition to exposing you to the importance of having ample insurance protection with full critical illness living benefits as pioneered by Dr. Barnard, Wealth Path IQ will explore time-tested ways to ensure that the money you set aside for retirement will be there later when you need it most. See our Smarter Retirement Tab for details.
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