COVID-19 insurance claims in the Philippines reach billions

Claims rising alongside spikes in infections, regulator notes

COVID-19 insurance claims in the Philippines reach billions

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

COVID-19-related insurance claims in the Philippines for the first half of 2021 have totalled PHP4.35 billion (SG$116.75 million).

According to the Insurance Commission (IC), there were a total of 238,551 COVID-19-related claims from January to June.

Close to half (47%) of the claims, or PHP2.06 billion, were paid out by health maintenance organisations (HMOs). Life insurance companies came in second at 46% (PHP1.98 billion), while the remainder was split between non-life insurers and mutual benefit associations.

Death benefits made up the largest part of payouts at PHP1.67 billion, followed by in-patient benefits (PHP1.47 billion) and out-patient benefits (PHP876.6 million). However, out-patient benefits were the largest in terms of number with 176,542 claims.

According to Insurance Commissioner Dennis Funa, surges in claims coincided with the spikes in COVID-19 infections.

“The claims paid increased drastically from February to April and dipped slightly in June,” Funa said. “This reflects the reported spike of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines between March and May.”

The insurance industry in the Philippines has paid out a total of PHP8.25 billion since the pandemic began last year, with the largest share going to death benefits at PHP2.89 billion.

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