Pandemic: Effects on the Insurance Market

Although the covid-19 outbreak in Guatemala has increased interest in medical and life insurance, it is expected that because of the economic crisis, group insurance sales will be affected.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Figures revealed by directors of the Guatemalan Association of Insurance Institutions (AGIS), detail that so far the months with the highest incidence of positive cases have been June and July.

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Elperiodico.com.gt reviews that "... The 17 companies that make up the AGIS report that 132 cases were treated in hospitals at an average cost of Q64,870 ($8,425), while those who had outpatient treatment were 1,524 and the average expenditure was Q8,528 ($1,107)."

Christian Nölck Rodriguez, president of AGIS, explained that during the months that the health crisis has lasted, there has been greater interest in knowing the products in the different companies in the medical and life expenses branches.

For Rosario Chang, director of MI Consulting, in Guatemala the penetration of the insurance is low and it is expected that "... the deterioration of the economic situation will affect the capacity of some companies to cover group health insurance. Products must be designed to address primary health problems."

According to CentralAmericaData reports, in Guatemala nearly 200 thousand people are looking for insurance through the Internet. Of this group of consumers, approximately 28% explore options to purchase health insurance.

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