Originally Posted by prisonchaplain
Long term care insurance is protection in the case the insured needs long term home health care, or needs to be in a nursing or assisted living center. I'm in my mid-40s and wife is just 40. So, if we get it now, it's affordable, though a definite dent in the budget. Anyone have knowledge or information about the wisdom of this type of coverage?
The reason that insurance was instituted and thought to be benefit was to gather together large groups of people to cover catastrophic possibilities that would otherwise ruin and bankrupt an individuals and families. Insurance was never intended to cover "common" events that will occur for most of the population.
Logic will easily indicate that common risks faced by the general public will render insurance for such risks, by necessity, more costly than the actual risk.
One problem that we do not seem all that concerned or able to deal with - is that segment of the population that maintains, by choice, a net worth that falls below the the costs of sustaining themselves for common and known risks that we all must face and plan for.