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How health insurance is bought these days

I opened up an old data file recently and found that roughly one third of financial advisers were quoting health within a year of us adding that feature to Quotemonster.

Monday, June 13th 2022, 9:22AM 2 Comments

by Russell Hutchinson

They were also extensively quoting life and health together – although at the time health-only quotes outnumbered health plus life (and anything else included in a life risk package) by two to one.

Today the number of advisers that has never quoted health is very small. The volume of health plus life quotes is much higher –about double, even after accounting for the fact there are many, many, more advisers using the quote tool. That is probably a huge testament to the work AIA, Partners Life, and Sovereign (we are talk about when AIA and Sovereign were separate), have done over the years. It is also a testament to products that, for all intents and purposes, have no upper limits.

Although it remains true that looking at the market as a whole, the dominant way to buy health insurance probably remains (just) group purchases, followed by a health-only policy, when it comes to seeking financial advice, the dominant approach is to think of health insurance as part of a package. That doesn’t mean it is always the same provider, but it does tend to favour the integrated sellers, in this case, AIA and Partners Life. Specialist health insurers Accuro, Southern Cross, and Unimed, are quoted much less often. Of course, there are some special reasons for each of those – Accuro gets almost as many quotes as Southern Cross, which should cheer Accuro and give pause to Southern Cross. Unimed is not really after the adviser market anyway.

The name I haven’t yet mentioned is the exception to this neat division: nib is the most quoted specialist health insurer. That status, technically at least, has just changed. So, although they do not offer a packaged life and health product of their own, their packaging deal of a few years back with Fidelity Life, and their focus on the adviser market has clearly earned them a place in the thinking of advisers. All told, adviser quoting of health with life has never been higher.

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Comments from our readers

On 13 June 2022 at 1:36 pm acm said:
As an adviser, I never use Quotemonster for quoting Health. It does not create a good breakdown on how the providers differ based on their product range.

If Quotemonster added the ability to change which NIB or Southern Cross plan we were quoting for, then I would use Quotemonster to quote medical.

But as it stands, I talk to a client first and if they want medical I do quotes specific with the providers that offer products that match what they want... specifically, hospital/surgical cover only (AIA & PL) or day to day with hospital cover (NIB & SX)
On 15 June 2022 at 1:36 pm Stu Crowther said:
@ACM - if you go into product and provider settings you can change which product you are quoting for so its easier to compare apples with apples

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