The existence of 26 active brokerage companies confirms the confidence that this marketing channel continues to earn in the insurance market.
Since the opening up of the Costa Rican insurance market in 2010, momentum has gained in the activity of insurance brokers, going from one single company to 26 companies. Added to this are two entities with conditional authorization given by the Superintendent of Insurance (SUG): Innova Sociedad Corredora de Seguros and Akros Corredores de Seguros, while another two have recently filed applications, and are in the stage of reviewing regulatory documents, according Elfinancierocr.com.
Income from insurance premiums grew by 15% compared to the same month in 2015, reaching $924 million.
From the Monthly Bulletin by the Superintendent of Insurance:
Income from insurance premiums grew by 15% compared to September 2015, reaching ¢497 billion colones.Growth remains widespread by category and personal insurance is still the most dynamic category.The contribution of compulsory insurance, as explained in previous bulletins, responds to the increase in SOA in January 2016 due to accounting changes because RT premiums decreased by 20% year on year.
The rise of health insurance and health tourism are part of the reasons behind the growth in the construction of buildings for medical offices and clinics.
Elperiodico.com.gt reports that to date there are four noteworthy projects which include construction of buildings aimed at the medical sector. "Phase two of the Multimedica building in Zone 15, three buildings in Zone 9 and the Vitta Medical Center complex, on the road to El Salvador."
The insurance industry had a turnover of $795 million in premiums, thanks to segments such as health, damages, and vehicles, accounting for 1.2% of Guatemala's GDP last year.
According to the Guatemalan Association of the Insurance Industry (Agis), growth in areas such as health and hospitalization (13.3%), damages (6.9%) and automotive (6.8%) vehicles favored a general growth in premiums in 2015 of 6.3% compared to the amount accumulated in 2014, with total premium income being in the order of Q6.157 million.
It has been announced that three insurers with the largest share in the market have requested authorization from the regulator to make adjustments of up to 12% on premiums for health insurance policies.
The Superintendent of Insurance and Reinsurance, José Joaquín Riesen, told Prensa.com that three companies asked to be able to increase premiums for health policies, arguing that the costs of medical services have increased by at least 10% in recent years, while premiums, deductibles and coinsurance have remained in the same price ranges.
Colombia's Grupo Sura has concluded the purchase of 100% of Seguros Banistmo and has started procedures in Panama to merge both companies.
From a statement issued by Grupo Sura:
In compliance with the duties of disclosure of relevant information, Grupo de Inversiones Suramericana SA informs that today its subsidiary Suramericana SA has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of Seguros Banistmo, SA, an insurance company organized and existing under the laws of the Republic of Panama, which belonged to Banistmo SA, a subsidiary of Bancolombia SA