Protecting your income is important because your income is important. The larger your income, the greater is its impact on your lifestyle and your ability to achieve financial success. An injury or illness that prevents a person from working has the potential to cause tremendous financial distress. Combine this fact with the high student loan debt and commonly low income of most young physicians, and the financial impact could be disastrous, even irreversible. Individual disability insurance provides physicians with a simple solution to exorbitant risk.
What Is Disability Insurance
Simply put, disability insurance is an insurance coverage that pays you a monthly benefit if an injury or illness prevents you from working in your selected occupation.
The Statistical Risk of Becoming Disabled
The risk of disability is significant. According to the Council for Disability Awareness (CDA 2014):
- Just over one in four of today's 20 year-olds will become disabled before they retire.
- One in eight workers will be disabled for five years or more during their working careers.
- The average individual disability claim lasts 31.6 months.
The Financial Impact of a Disability
Disability is a reality, and for the highly compensated, it can cost millions of dollars in lost income. The table below illustrates the cumulative income potential over a physician's career beginning at age 30.
|Physician's Income Projections Beginning At Age 30|
|Age||Earning $150,000||Earning $250,000||Earning $350,000|
- A physician earning $150,000 annually who becomes permanently disabled at age 45 could lose $3 million of earned income.
- A physician earning $250,000 annually who becomes permanently disabled at age 45 could lose $5 million of earned income.
- A physician earning $350,000 annually who becomes permanently disabled at age 45 could lose $7 million of earned income.