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Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Life Insurance Medical Exam

by Richard F. O’Boyle, MBA, LUTCF

When applying for life insurance, the company bases it’s underwriting decision on a slew of data, including a past medical treatments, personal history, financial profile, motor vehicle record and current medical examination. If you are applying for over $1,000,000 of coverage or if you are over age 60, the medical requirements will be a bit more thorough.

The medical exam usually consists of a series of medical questions, blood pressure and pulse readings, and blood and urine samples. The insurance company will have a nurse collect copies of your medical records from your doctors. Additional tests may be requested, most often an EKG if you have a history of serious heart disease.

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