Women experience unique health care challenges and are more likely to be diagnosed with certain illnesses than men. Despite having an average life expectancy of 72.7 years, (capable of outliving men by 4.5 years1), chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes are among the leading causes of death amongst women. We take a closer look on why it is necessary for a comprehensive coverage from such illnesses:
Protection from Heart Disease: 1 out of 4 women die of heart failure in Malaysia.2 According to the National Heart Institute (IJN) women are more prone to cardiovascular diseases and strokes after menopause. A protection plan tailored for women promises a lump sum payment to cater to the needs of their treatment.
Coverage for Cancer: Women are more susceptible to cancer than men.3 This brings out the urgency for women in particular to ensure that they are covered by a medical plan. The leading form of cancer that largely affects women is breast cancer, followed by cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer. Around 5,000 Malaysian women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year, most of them aged between 30 and 60 years, where nearly half of those affected are under 50-years of age.4 Even after obtaining the right medical coverage, a lady plan further ensures safety by minimizing the risks against women related illnesses. It provides a shelter that not only caters to help during the illness but also the care, such as reconstructive surgery.
The best Defense against Diabetes: As a chronic disease, diabetes is often called the “silent killer”, being the 9th leading cause of death in women globally.5 Diabetes affects women differently as compared to men. Without proper diagnosis and healthcare, women are at twice the risk of premature death and kidney failure. Diabetes not only affects a woman’s health, but could also affect the health of an unborn child if the woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes while pregnant. The lady plan ensures the best defense for women who go through health complications caused directly or indirectly by diabetes, such as severe kidney failure.