Insurance Market Heats Up in Costa Rica

Insurance companies are fighting it on the streets and going door-to-door.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The insurance market was open to the competition by private operators back in 2009. This has led market players to become much more aggressive in the search for new clients and in the fight to keep old ones.

The various companies now competing in the market are in varied phase of existence: "...some have advantages over others, such is the case of the National Insurance Institute (INS). The market can be split in two phases: the organization of insurers and the open battle for customers", reported

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