Insurance: The week in 10 stories

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Regional

Medical inflation in Latin America will be higher than the global average, presenting challenges for healthcare providers to pass costs on to consumers, according to a survey by Mercer Marsh Beneficios.

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Argentina

–Global reinsurer Sava Re obtained authorization to start operating in the country next month.

–Insurance watchdog SSN outlined steps needed to switch over to a risk-based supervision model.

Brazil

–Brazilian reinsurance companies Terra Brasis and Austral Re are in preliminary talks to merge, according to a local daily.

–The insurance industry saw weak growth in the first half of the year as a strong performance by the vehicle segment was offset by a contraction in the pension segment.

–The central bank and insurance regulator Susep authorized the creation of a savings bond joint venture between Rio Grande do Sul state-run bank Banrisul and insurance company Icatu Seguros.

–Brazil's superior court ordered the federal government to increase pensions for elderly persons who need health-related support, potentially, adding pressure to the country's already difficult fiscal situation.

Mexico

About 50% of P&C insurance policies in Mexico are undervalued and would not meet clients' needs in the event of loss or damage, according to Rafael Vargas, a claims adjuster and founder of Claims Consulting Services.

Peru

Insurers have paid US$428mn in claims related to last year's coastal El Niño phenomenon, corresponding to 91% of the claims filed as of June 30.

Puerto Rico

Local insurer association Acodese said its members had settled 96% of the claims filed in relation to Hurricane Maria.