Podcast Episode 21 – “How to Buy Life Insurance Without Losing Your Money or Your Sanity” with Dr. Stephanie Pearson

Life Insurance with Dr. Stephanie Pearson

Episode 21 – Have you ever wondered if you had the right kind of life insurance coverage?  How about the right amount of coverage?  Are you concerned you’re paying for things you don’t need?  The life insurance industry is FULL of people who want to take your money and give you as little as possible in return.  Fortunately, Dr. Stephanie Pearson knows all about life insurance from both a physician and broker perspective.

If you’ve ever sat with a life insurance salesperson, you probably felt like you needed a shower afterwards.  There are a few great leaders in the industry that really have a physician’s interest at heart.  Who better than an actual physician to coach us through that?

By the end of this episode, you’ll feel much more confident in buying the right kind of life insurance, avoiding unnecessary costs, and securing your family’s financial future.  No need to be afraid of life insurance anymore!  Dr. Stephanie Pearson can help you get only what you need to protect your family.  Enjoy!


“The key to life insurance is to buy the most coverage that makes sense both in time and money.”

 – Dr. Stephanie Pearson


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Meet Dr. Stephanie Pearson

Stephanie Pearson


Dr. Stephanie Pearson is an OB/GYN physician turned insurance broker following a career-ending injury sustained during a difficult patient delivery. She learned a lot the hard way about disability and life insurance and has become a broker and advocate in order to be able to educate and empower her colleagues on these topics.

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Show times

  • 00:00 – Introduction to episode 21.
  • 01:37 – Subscribe to the podcast, and please leave a review!
  • 02:10 – Check out all of the great resources available for free at www.thescopeofpractice.com, and click on the “Resources” tab at the top of the website.
  • 03:15 – Join the “Business and Personal Finance for Physicians and Dentists Facebook Group”
  • 03:34 – Introduction to Dr. Stephanie Pearson
  • 04:37 – Dr. Stephanie Pearson shares her journey from physician to life insurance broker.
  • 08:04 – Life insurance is meant to replace your income for people left behind after your death who depend on your income.
  • 10:14 – Single men don’t need life insurance.  Single women who haven’t started childbearing years yet should consider getting life insurance because pregnancy and pregnancy complications can increase life insurance costs dramatically.
  • 11:44 – When beneficiaries receive the payout, they should consider paying off the mortgage immediately so the monthly mortgage payment can be repurposed to childrearing and quality of life.  Invest the rest so your interest returns can provide steady income.
  • 14:04 – Beneficiaries should invest the money conservatively.  For every $40,000 of income you want to produce each year, you need $1,000,000 in life insurance.
  • 18:54 – If you’re a non-working spouse, you still need life insurance!!!  Your spouse needs a way to replace the economic value you provide.
  • 21:44 – If your family is a dual-income household, both spouses still need life insurance.  However, you may not need to fully insure both spouses.
  • 29:29 – Once you become financially independent, you can save money by cancelling life insurance because you don’t need life insurance anymore.
  • 29:54 – If you bought whole life insurance and you want to switch to term insurance, you can!  Make sure to get your term insurance in place before cancelling the permanent policy.
  • 31:34 – If your employer gives you a free life insurance policy, take it!!  But, you should buy additional life insurance outside of your employment because if you switch jobs, it’s not portable.  Also, the amount your life insurance through your employer probably isn’t sufficient.  
  • 34:04 – You need an insurance broker who will advocate for your best interests! You are hiring them as a professional, so you need to be choosy!
  • 46:19 – Some ways to reduce premiums include maintaining a healthy weight, “laddering” policies, changing the length of the insurance term, avoiding tobacco products, and shopping different companies.
  • 40:14 – Most riders are gimmicks.  Few are worth paying for.
  • 45:59 – Keep insurance and investments separate!  Do NOT buy products where insurance and investments are bundled together.
  • 46:22 – Dr. Pearson tells us how things in the life insurance industry are changing in the wake of COVID-19.
  • 52:18 – Dr. Stephanie Pearson shares her parting advice.
  • 54:12 – Connect to Dr. Stephanie Pearson
  • 54:40 – Summary of the episode
  • 56:08 – This week’s free resource: “5 Minutes to Financial Security: Your Personal Insurance Checklist.”
  • 57:22 – signing off


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