Panamanian insurance companies pay 53% more

In 2008 the insurance companies have paid $84.6 million more in claims than for the same period in 2007.

Monday, November 24, 2008

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.

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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).

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