Health insurance a top priority for Singaporeans

More than 50,000 people have bought new health insurance policies, with half of the population having cover

Health insurance a top priority for Singaporeans

Insurance News

By Gabriel Olano

Health insurance remains on top of the list for Singaporeans, with over 50,000 people purchasing new health insurance policies in 2016, according to data from an industry association.
Life Insurance Association (LIA) of Singapore, which held its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, revealed that as of December 31, 2016, 2.89 million people, or roughly half of the country’s population, were covered by private health insurance and riders, with total premiums amounting to SGD1.42 billion.
For the entirety of 2016, more than 50,000 Singapore residents bought health insurance, with premiums totalling SGD241 million. Around SGD208 million, or 86% of new premiums, came from integrated shield plans (IPs) and IP riders.

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According to LIA president Khoo Kah Siang said the strong results were due to insurers exerting considerable effort to close the gap with Singaporeans that lack adequate protection and retirement coverage.
Khoo told the Straits Times: “We are conservatively positive on the outlook for this year and expect to continue to grow... The level of insurance spending per citizen here is a low 5 per cent, compared with mature markets like Taiwan and Japan.”
The LIA is currently working on the recommendations of the Health Insurance Task Force, which aims to combat rising health insurance costs. The association is looking to reveal the results in April of this year, and implement changes to insurance sales illustrations by early 2018.

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