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What to Expect During Your Term Life Insurance Exam

Guest Author: Denise

Once you have decided to purchase a life insurance policy, you may be required to undergo a medical exam. The reason most life insurance companies need these medical exams is to determine the premium to be charged to the policy holder. If your medical exam results indicate that you have a greater risk of dying at an early age, the insurance company will want to collect higher premiums early on in your life. However, if your exam results show that you are in good health, the company will not collect as much from you early on in the policy for the simple reason that you will be around longer and will continue to make premium payments.  

Life insurance  companies use two factors to judge how long a potential policyholder will live. These are Longevity Charts and Medical Exams and History. The mortality rates of people are the statistics found in longevity charts. They indicate to an insurance company, how many men, women, and children die at particular ages and help them determine the risk involved in accepting you as a policy holder. The second factor is your medical exam and history. 

Generally, insurance medical exams are carried out by paramedicals. These are licensed health professionals and most often independent contractors, who are hired by the insurance company. They will come to your home or office to conduct the medical exam unless the insurance company will require additional tests then you may be referred to a clinic to complete your medical exam. The questions on a life insurance application are divided into two parts. Part I (or Part A) consists of questions that are usually completed by your agent in your presence, or online by you. Part II (or Part B) is the medical form completed by the paramedical. Once you submit your application for life insurance, your agent or the life insurance company will give the paramedical service all your information and the amount of insurance that you are applying for. 

As part of your life insurance medical exam you will be asked about:    

Your personal medical history  

Your family’s medical history  

Contact details of your primary doctor  

Information on your lifestyle habits. It is imperative here not to lie if you smoke, drink, or use recreational drugs. Your exercise regime is also important to your medical status   What and how much life insurance you are interested in purchasing    

The following are the procedures that you can expect during your life insurance medical exam:    

Weight and height measurement  

Measurement of blood pressure and pulse  

Blood work (to check on cholesterol, glucose, protein, and HIV)  

Urinalysis (to check on protein, glucose, creatinine and cocaine)    

Keep in mind that exams vary from insurance company to insurance company. If you are older or are applying for a high value policy, you might be required to undergo EKGs, treadmill tests or other assessments.  

What is your insurance company looking for? 

Basically, the insurance company needs to know what risk you pose to the company in terms of any health condition that could shorten your life. When the medical practitioner collects sample

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