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An Agora Times report on the Indian Insurance Industry 2010

September 24th, 2022

In this article we discuss the Indian insurance market and the trends that will help companies in the United States evaluate how they can leverage from this untapped market.

The research has been conducted by the VA consulting team working with inputs from several insurance leaders in the Indian market that have worked with early entrants like Met Life,Guest Posting Zurich, ICICI and others.

Background to the Indian economy

Ever since the economy was opened up in 20 years ago India has been growing as an economy at nearly double digits.

As the working middle class becomes a sizable number the insurance industry has started growing at an incredible rate. It has grown over 200% since 2006. Even last year that insurance industry has grown by over 45%. Analysts predict the industry is going to grow at least 10% in 2010 to become a $42Billion industry. Even with this growth rate only 5% of the country is actually covered by any form of insurance.

The research has been conducted by the VA consulting team working with inputs from several insurance leaders in the Indian market that have worked with early entrants like Met Life, Zurich, ICICI and others.

There are insurance governing bodies have been formed and governing bodies have brought about a number of changes to standardize the insurance sector but more changes are expected especially in the personal and life area.

There are many factors to probe into as an investor or venturing into the Indian market. Our guidance to companies that are interested in entering the Indian market is:

The consumers as well as the investors should be focusing on the insurer’s financial strength and capability to meet ongoing responsibilities to its policyholders.
The fundamentals of the insurance company should be strong and should not indicate a poor investment opportunity as this might also deter growth.

Key FindingsTaking into account the changing socio-economic demographics, rate of GDP growth, changing consumer behavior and occurrences of natural calamities at regular intervals, the Indian life insurance market is expected to reach the value of around $42 Billion in the year 2010. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 200% YOY from the year 2006.

Health Savings Accounts – An American Innovation in Health Insurance

March 22nd, 2022

INTRODUCTON – The term “health insurance” is commonly used in the United States to describe any program that helps pay for medical expenses, whether through privately purchased insurance, social insurance or a non-insurance social welfare program funded by the government. Synonyms for this usage include “health coverage,” “health care coverage” and “health benefits” and “medical insurance.” In a more technical sense, the term is used to describe any form of insurance that provides protection against injury or illness.

In America, the health insurance industry has changed rapidly during the last few decades. In the 1970′s most people who had health insurance had indemnity insurance. Indemnity insurance is often called fee-forservice. It is the traditional health insurance in which the medical provider (usually a doctor or hospital) is paid a fee for each service provided to the patient covered under the policy. An important category associated with the indemnity plans is that of consumer driven health care (CDHC). Consumer-directed health plans allow individuals and families to have greater control over their health care, including when and how they access care, what types of care they receive and how much they spend on health care services.

These plans are however associated with higher deductibles that the insured have to pay from their pocket before they can claim insurance money. Consumer driven health care plans include Health Reimbursement Plans (HRAs), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), high deductible health plans (HDHps), Archer Medical Savings Accounts (MSAs) and Health Savings Accounts (HSAs). Of these, the Health Savings Accounts are the most recent and they have witnessed rapid growth during the last decade.

WHAT IS A HEALTH SAVINGS ACCOUNT?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the United States. The funds contributed to the account are not subject to federal income tax at the time of deposit. These may be used to pay for qualified medical expenses at any time without federal tax liability.

Another feature is that the funds contributed to Health Savings Account roll over and accumulate year over year if not spent. These can be withdrawn by the employees at the time of retirement without any tax liabilities. Withdrawals for qualified expenses and interest earned are also not subject to federal income taxes. According to the U.S. Treasury Office, ‘A Health Savings Account is an alternative to traditional health insurance; it is a savings product that offers a different way for consumers to pay for their health care.

HSA’s enable you to pay for current health expenses and save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis.’ Thus the Health Savings Account is an effort to increase the efficiency of the American health care system and to encourage people to be more responsible and prudent towards their health care needs. It falls in the category of consumer driven health care plans.

Origin of Health Savings Account

The Health Savings Account was established under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act passed by the U.S. Congress in June 2003, by the Senate in July 2003 and signed by President Bush on December 8, 2003.