As a young working adult, your ability to generate income through work, for the next four decades or so, is your biggest personal financial asset.
The harsh truth is that unexpected health issues can rob you of this. If you find yourself in such a situation, you may face a double whammy – unable earn an income because you are too ill or recovering, while also incurring potentially hefty healthcare bills.
Having a safety net that takes care of this, while you continue to shoulder new responsibilities and build your life, provides peace of mind that ultimately enables you to implement better plans, do better work and live a better life.
Thus, health insurance should be one of the first types of insurance you get, protecting you from being burdened with healthcare costs and providing some funds to offset income loss.
In contrast, life insurance is meant to provide your dependants financial support in the unfortunate event of death or disability, and general insurance protects you from loss of assets you own. While these may be very important areas that require protection as well, you should first ensure your ability to bounce back from a health condition.