Preparing for a Life Insurance Medical Exam

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At LifeInsure.com, our purpose is to provide you with great service and find you the most competitive prices. Your satisfaction is our goal. We Represent many of the top rated insurance companies in the United States.

Upon review of this site, you will find information that will help you gain an understanding of life insurance. Using our quote engine, you can compare a large number of highly rated companies, allowing you to find an affordable term life insurance or universal life insurance policy.

Competitive Prices from the Top Life Insurance Companies

Insurance companies establish their life insurance rates so every person of the same age and health would get the same rate from the same company. It’s not like buying a car where you negotiate.  You get to see how all the companies in the life insurance database would rate someone of a certain age, for a certain amount of life insurance. The difference is you don’t have to call the various insurance companies or agents. You just enter your information and the life insurance market search appears instantly. Ultimately, the insurance company’s underwriting process (where they review your medical history and other factors) determine your final rate.

Even though the life insurance rates are set, we will do everything we can do get you a low-cost policy that fits your needs. We do that with our real-time quoting engine and our experience with the insurance companies at no extra cost to you.

You can contact us to clarify any of this and speak with one of our experienced life insurance agents.

Disclaimer: Our quote engine displays the quoted class as determined by you on the input page. The complete underwriting process is needed to determine whether you qualify for a rate class and what your actual premium will be. The quotes are shown for comparison purposes only and are subject to change during the underwriting process.

2. The Application

After you have reviewed the life insurance quotes and decided which policy you would like to apply for, you submit an application request from the quote engine.  One of our licensed representatives will call you to complete the application over the phone (you will also have the opportunity to schedule a convenient time to do so after you submit the request).

The application is typically two parts – we take a very short application and then we will either transfer you to the insurance company’s application center, at which time you will complete the rest of the application or we will schedule your follow-up interview for you.  Your medical exam will also be scheduled, if needed, at that time.

Each insurance company has its own application that includes a series of medical and financial questions. The answers you provide to these questions will be used to underwrite your coverage. The interview will last 25-30 minutes depending on the information required for the coverage you have selected.

Premium Payment

Premium payment is not required with your application.  However, you may be given the option of submitting payment with your application in order to get temporary coverage during the underwriting period.  Each insurance company has their own guidelines concerning temporary coverage, so please read the instructions carefully in your application packet.

3. The Medical Exam

Life Insurance Medical Exam
Applications for most life insurance policies require a paramedical exam from a registered nurse. The exam can be done at your home or place of work or local office, if available. These nurses are contracted with one of the paramedical exam companies approved by most major insurance companies.

The exam takes approximately a half hour and can be done Monday through Saturday between 8:00 A.M. and 8:00 P.M. The exam typically includes blood and urine samples, blood pressure readings, height and weight measurements and questionnaire (additional tests, such as EKG, might be required due to age or insurance amount applied for). As it is recommended that you fast for eight hours prior to the exam, we usually suggest you get your exam first thing in the morning, if possible.

In order to get the best possible results from your exam, please follow the tips below:

Following these tips can help you attain the most favorable and accurate medical exam results:

  • Fast for 4-8 hours prior to the exam and try to schedule the exam for first thing in the morning, prior to eating.
  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes).
  • Limit salt and high-cholesterol foods 24 hours prior to the exam.
  • Refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages for at least 24 hours prior to the exam (can increase fat in blood and liver functions).
  • Limit caffeine and nicotine 24 hours prior to the exam (can increase blood pressure, cholesterol).
  • Smokers should not smoke 30 minutes prior to exam (tends to constrict artery walls and elevate blood pressure).
  • Drink a glass of water one hour prior to the exam.
  • Get a good night of sleep prior to the exam.

Helpful reminders

  • Be prepared with a photo ID at the time of the medical exam.
  • Provide names and dosages of current medications
  • Provide any history of problems associated with providing a blood sample.
  • Have available names, addresses and phone numbers of any doctors or clinics visited in the last five years.
  • Tell the examiner if exercise is a regular activity.
  • Tell the examiner if vitamins or aspirin are taken on a daily basis.If you are overweight or have large muscular arms, ask the paramed examiner to use a large blood pressure cuff.

If you have experienced one of the following impairments, you should follow these additional guidelines:

HYPERTENSION

  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes).
  • Schedule a morning exam.
  • Have the examiner take your blood pressure after you have had a chance to relax — three attempts at 10 minute intervals.
  • Take usual medications.

DIABETES

  • Schedule the exam for 2½ hours after a meal (no sweets or sugars after the meal), but if blood is being drawn, fast for 4-8 hours prior to the exam.
  • Empty bladder right after meal.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Drink 2-3 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Avoid sweets or foods with sugar content before the exam.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, such as running, for 24 hours prior to the exam.

URINARY SPECIMEN PROBLEMS (albumin, Red Blood Cells [RBCs], sugar, etc.)

  • Empty bladder right after meal.
  • Drink 1-2 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Drink 2-3 glasses of water before the exam.
  • Avoid sweets or foods with sugar content before the exam.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise, such as running, for 24 hours prior to the exam.

CORONARY, EKG PROBLEMS

  • Avoid stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes).

FINAL TIP

  • Do not try to hide any health issues or medical history – be completely candid with your answers on your application and with your medical examiner.

Following these tips will ensure a speedy exam and best results. However, if you would prefer to apply for a policy without having a medical exam, there are some options. These types of policies are typically more expensive, but for those who prefer not to get an exam, they present another option.

4. The Underwriting Process

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