The expenses incurred by insurers for total claims paid out as of September were $241.8 million, or $84.6 million more than for the same period in 2007 when the payments totaled $157.2.
The increase in payments was recorded for the main branches such as life, fire and theft coverage.
For the Insurance Superintendence of Panama, this growth in the payment of claims of more than 50% compared to the previous year, has been very unfavorable for a sector which, despite everything, has continued to grow in sales.
The state run Nacional de Seguros and PanAmerican Life share 88% of the market in the segment of accident and health policies.
The segment for Accident and Health policies showed that up to March 2014 the majority market share was held by Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) with 46.4% and 41.7% was held by Pan American Life, according to the Superintendent of Insurance (SUGESE).
There was an improvement in accident rates and operating performance in the Nicaraguan insurance sector in 2008, as reported by Fitch in a special report.
Thanks to the growth in insurance premiums in the period and progress in costs and accident rates, the sector was able to overcome the operating loss that occurred last year (especially the state insurance company), registering a combined index of 96.3% in 2008 compared to 103.7% in 2007. The good operating performance has enabled the sector to more than offset the decrease in net financial income contribution (by private insurance companies in particular) and impact on the greater overall profitability. The expected decrease in the level of economic activity and thus in the sales of insurances implies a major challenge for the sector and for protection of the progress achieved in the short term. At the close of the previous year, net insurance premiums totaled C$2.1 million, 14.0% above the amount registered in 2007. The faster growth in the case of private insurance companies (17.1%) is worth noting, taking into account the significant growth in premiums of Metropolitana Life Insurance Company (35.1%) and Lafise Insurance (25.7%). For its part, the INISER (Nicaraguan Insurance Institute) experienced a growth of 8.6%. The positive growth of the sector has been primarily in the business of auto and life insurance.
Growth in claims was double the growth in premiums in December 2015 in the Panamanian insurance market.
Premiums in Panama in December 2015 remained at very similar levels to those of the same month in 2014, according to the Insurance and Reinsurance Regulator in Panama. Accumulated premiums last December amounted to $1.385 million, 1.18% more than in December 2014.
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