As the COVID-19 situation is changing on a daily basis, the impact to the insurance and reinsurance markets is not yet fully known. However, given the significance of the developments, Guy Carpenter provides our view of how COVID-19 may impact the medical (re)insurance market.
The societal, operational and human costs associated with COVID-19 are prominent in our thoughts, discussions and efforts. While these costs are undoubtedly high, health insurers and reinsurers are also closely monitoring the direct and indirect financial impact of the virus. The growing use of telemedicine and capacity constraints within our healthcare system will potentially dull utilization increases; however, the financial costs will still be significant. The briefing includes a discussion of reinsurance coverage and rate implications.