Tokio Marine’s MultiCare is a non-participating, regular premium multipay critical illness (CI) policy. It provides protection against three categories of critical illnesses, namely;
- Advanced stage
It pays you after you’ve been diagnosed with a critical illness or a condition that occurs at different stages of severity.
Moreover, the plan allows for multiple claims from early or intermediate to an advanced stage of the critical illness.
Quite often, the payouts can extend up to 900% of the basic sum assured. To understand how Tokio Marine MultiCare works, here is a comprehensive review.
- Maximum sum assured starts at S$350,000
- Maximum coverage age: Up to 70, 75, or 80 years old
Basic Product Features
Payment Terms and Options
The premiums are payable yearly throughout the policy duration. Like most CI premiums, these are not guaranteed and may change from time to time.
Tokio Marine MultiCare policy has a three-layer structure as shown in the table below.
Keep the diagram in mind because I’ll be explaining more about this later – and it’s important.
Critical Illnesses Covered by Tokio Marine MultiCare
- There is no waiting period between Layers 1 and 2
- There is a two year waiting period between Layers 2 and 3
- There is a two year waiting period between claims in Layer 3
Early and Intermediate Stage CI Benefit
Layer 1 covers critical illnesses in the early and intermediate stages. As well, there are three categories for the various illnesses and these falls under Group 1, 2, and 3.
If you are diagnosed with an early or intermediate stage of a critical illness, you’ll get 100% of the basic sum assured. However, this is subject to the maximum claim limit minus any debt that you owe the policy.
In addition, you can only claim once in each group; however, this is subject to a maximum claim of two groups. It means that, after the 2nd claim under Layer 1 or Layer 2, you can’t enjoy the benefit again.
Likewise, the maximum Critical Illness benefit payable is;
- S$350,000 under the early and intermediate stage of the same critical illness
- S$2,500,000 under all stages
Advanced Stage Critical Illness (CI) Benefit under Layer 2
As you already know, Layer 2 covers Critical Illnesses under Groups 1, 2, and 3. If you are diagnosed with a critical illness at an advanced stage, you’ll be paid 300% of the basic sum assured.
However, this amount is minus any claim you made under Layer 1 from the same group if the critical illness is at the advanced stage.
Also, this is subject to the maximum claim limit minus any debts you owe the claim.
Notably, you can only claim once under each group, which is subject to a maximum claim from two groups.
Simply put, if you have made two claims under Layer 2, you can’t make any other claim.
After the first claim under Layer 2, there is a waiting period of 1 year between the successive diagnosis dates.
Particularly, the maximum you can get under all the stages is S$2,500,000, including other policies from the company.
Additional notes for Layers 1 and 2
Suppose you are diagnosed with multiple critical illnesses from various groups under the same layer.
In that case, the insurer will determine if the illness is a direct or indirect result of the first CI. In this case, they will pay the claim for the first CI.
However, if there’s no relationship between the critical illnesses, they will pay for the second claim.
- If you have a liver illness that requires surgery, the CI will fall under Layer 1, Group 1. If, for instance, you fall into a coma for 48 hours, you’ll be paid 100% of the basic sum assured for the liver surgery claim if there is a direct or indirect relationship between the surgery and the comma. Therefore, they’ll not pay for the coma claim.
- If there’s no relationship between liver surgery and coma, you’ll receive 200% of the basic sum assured. These fall under Layer 1 Group 1 and Group 3.
The following conditions will apply if you are diagnosed with multiple critical illnesses falling under Layer 1 and 2.
If the subsequent Critical Illness is a direct or indirect result of the initial CI, you’ll be paid the higher benefit claim.
Suppose the subsequent illness is not due to the direct or indirect result of the initial CI; you’ll be paid for both claims.
- If, for example, you are diagnosed with Carcinoma in Situ condition under Layer in Group 1 and fall into a coma for 96 years hours, the following conditions will apply.
- If the condition directly or indirectly leads to the coma for 96 years, you’ll receive 300% of the sum assured under Layer 2 Group 3.
- If the subsequent condition is not a result of the Carcinoma in Situ, you’ll be paid for both claims, which are equivalent to 100% of the basic sum assured for Layer 1 Group 1 and 300% for Layer 2 Group 3.
On another note, if you are diagnosed with any state of critical illness and, as a result, you cannot perform any task by yourself, you’ll only be paid the claim under the CI.
However, you’ll not be paid for the permanent disability (Loss of Independence Existence) or terminal illness.
Additional Cancer Benefit (Layer 3)
Layer 3 typically covers Major Cancer, which is diagnosed after you make a claim under Layer 2 Group 1. In addition, you can also get the benefit if you make both claims from Layer 2 Group 2.
After a Major Cancer diagnosis, you’ll be paid 100% of the basic sum assured. However, this is subject to the maximum claim limit minus any debts that you owe to the policy.
You can also make a maximum of two claims under Layer 3 if Major Cancer has persisted, recurred, or first diagnosed preceding Major Cancer.
However, you can only be paid after a two-year waiting period after diagnosing a CI under Layer 2 or Major Cancer under Layer 3, whichever comes later.
Tokio Marine’s Multicare offers a Special Benefit whereby 20% of the sum assured minus any debts and is paid if you are diagnosed with any of the ten covered special conditions as shown in the table below.
Make note that special benefit is only paid once subject to five benefits on the list.
The Juvenile Benefit is payable to children before they celebrate their 19th birthday. You’ll get 20% of the basic sum assured minus any debts.
One unique thing about Juvenile Benefit is that it doesn’t reduce the basic sum assured.
Here are the 10 conditions covered under Juvenile Benefit;
Like the Special Benefit, the Juvenile Benefit is only paid once to a tune of S$25,000 for each condition.
Juvenile Waiver Benefit
Juvenile Waiver Benefit is an application for children below or equal to 18 years. After a claim under Layer 2, you’ll get a waiver on future premiums. Notably, claims under Layer 1, Juvenile or Special benefits don’t trigger Juvenile Waiver Benefit.
In case of death, while the policy is still running, the policy pays 10% of the basic sum assured minus any debts. The amount is paid as a lump sum, and subsequently, the policy ends.
Under Special or Juvenile Benefits, the survival period clause states that you can only be paid under Layer 1, 2, and 3 if you survive beyond seven days after a diagnosis.
However, if death occurs, the death benefit is paid, and the policy automatically ends.
Example 1. Sum assured 100,000
Here is a simple illustration to show the benefits depending on your age. The basic sum assured is $100,000 for a male non-smoker aged 5 years at the time of entry.
Example 2. Sum assured 200,000
Here is a simple illustration to show the benefits depending on your age. The basic sum assured is $200,000 for a male non-smoker aged 30 years at the time of entry.
Optional Waiver Riders
To increase your protection, you can opt for the Optional waiver riders. Tokio Marine’s MultiCare plan has the following optional riders
- Waiver of Premium Rider
- Payer Benefit Rider
- Enhanced Payer Benefit Rider
- Spouse Rider/Enhanced Spouse Rider
To enjoy the premium waiver feature, you can choose a higher sum assured beyond S$350,000 as this will allow the coverage to continue after the initial payout. Here is a simple example to illustrate this;
Suppose John, 30 years old male, non-smoker, would like ECI coverage and continuous coverage as well as premium waivers. He may choose TM ECI cover with a basic sum assured of $500,000 up to 70 years.
In this case;
- The policy sum assured is capped at S$350,000
- The policy term is 40 years
- Premium term is 40 years
- Premiums are equal to S$3,005 per annum
In an ECI claim, John will receive a lump sum amount of S$350,000, and all future premiums waived. Subsequently, the balance of the sum assured is claimable in the case of an advanced stage CI.
With a waiver of premium rider in place, there is a waiver of future premiums.
As a special note, the policy terminates automatically after payment of two claims under Layer 2 and two claims under Layer 3.
Summary Of Tokio Marine’s MultiCare
|Cash Value & Withdrawal Benefits||–|
|Policy cash value||Not available|
|Surrender or Maturity value||Not available|
|Renewable or Convertible features||Not available|
|Health & Insurance coverage||–|
|Terminal Illness coverage||Not available|
|Total and Permanent Disability coverage||Not available|
|Critical Illness coverage||Available|
|Early Critical Illness coverage||Available|
|Optional insurance riders||–|
|Insurance riders to enhance coverage||Available|
|Multiple pay-outs for all CI stages||Available|
|Claims for two advanced stage CI||Available|
|Two extra claims for Major Cancer||Available|
|Payout of up to 900% of the basic sum assured||Available|
|10 Juvenile and 10 Special conditions coverage||Available|
My opinion on the Tokio Marine MultiCare
The main advantage of multipay CI policies is that they provide coverage even after a critical illness or early critical illness strikes again.
Like all other insurance policies, your selection of this plan depends on your specific needs or expectations.
And like every other review on this website, please don’t take this as financial advice.
If you are looking for a standalone CI policy without any complications, the Tokio Marine MultiCare plan might be a good choice.
The leading competitor is the Aviva My Multipay Critical Illness Plan IV, one of the newest CI/ECI policies on the market.
Tokio Marine MultiCare vs Aviva My Multipay Critical Illness Plan IV
|Policy||Tokio Marine MultiCare||Aviva My Multipay Critical Illness Plan IV|
|Policy term||70, 75 &85||10-99|
|No. of illnesses||101||132|
|No. of Juvenile conditions covered||10||11|
|No. of special conditions covered||10||16|
|Max sum assured||S$350,000||S$250,000|
Based on the above case study, both plans have claims payable at all CI stages. By any chance there is a successful claim, the assured can benefit from high payout amounts above 600% of the basic sum assured.
Tokio Marine pays up to 300% of the basic sum assured under Layer 2, making it one of the highest claimable Multipay on the market.
Comparing prices with other CI covers
Premiums shown are based on a 30-year-old male, non-smoker, 100K sum assured with policy term up to age 75.
The first thing I like about Tokio Marine MultiCare is the lack of waiting period for claims between Layer 1 and Layer 2.
In addition, the maximum payout of S$350,000 for Early-stage Critical Illness is the highest so far.
Against its competitors, it’s competitively priced with a premium costing up to S$1,515 per year.
As shown in the table above, Tokio Marine MultiCare costs more than AXA Super CritiCare and Aviva MyMultipay Critical Illness Plan IV. However, it’s cheaper than AIA Beyond Critical Care.
As you probably know, no policy can have all positive aspects, and once in a while, you may need to find a middle ground.
One aspect that this policy loses is a lack of flexibility. Personally, I feel that the protection term until 70, 75, and 85 is a bit rigid and does not allow for flexibility, thereby limiting your choices.
Also, Layer 3 is not flexible as it covers Major Cancer at an advanced stage.
On the other hand, Aviva MyMultipay Critical Illness Plan IV’s term extends to 99 years and has more illnesses covered.
Overall, Tokio Marine MultiCare is a great choice if you’re looking for a CI plan – if you’re looking for a policy with no waiting periods in between claims.
To find something that might be good for you, check out our list of the best critical illness plan in Singapore.
Even though it’s not the cheapest plan on the market, it’s one of the best policies with competitive premiums alongside several payout options.
However, do note that price isn’t everything when looking for CI plans.
It would be best if you speak to a financial advisor for a complete assessment of your options and help you in planning.