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Transferable Ageing Provisions in Individual Health Insurance Contracts

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  • Florian Baumann
  • Volker Meier
  • Martin Werding

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We consider lifetime health insurance contracts in which ageing provisions are used to smooth the premium profile. The capital stock accumulated for each individual can be decomposed into two parts: a premium insurance and an annuitized life insurance, only the latter being transferable between insurers without triggering premium changes through risk segmentation. In a simulation based on German data, the transferable share declines in age and falls with an increasing age of entry into the contract. In spite of different benefit profiles, it is almost identical for women and men. Copyright 2008 The Authors. Journal compilation Verein für Socialpolitik and Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2008.

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Article provided by Verein für Socialpolitik in its journal German Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 9 (2008)
Issue (Month): (08)
Pages: 287-311

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  1. Susanna Kochskämper, 2012. "Reformdebatten in der Krankenversicherung vor dem Hintergrund des europäischen Binnenmarktes," Otto-Wolff-Institut Discussion Paper Series 02/2012, Otto-Wolff-Institut für Wirtschaftsordnung, Köln, Deutschland.
  2. Martin Werding & Stuart McLennan, 2012. "International Portability of Health-Cost Cover: Mobility, Insurance, and Redistribution," CESifo Working Paper Series 3952, CESifo Group Munich.
  3. Volker Meier, 2005. "Efficient Transfer of Aging Provisions in Private Health Insurance," Journal of Economics, Springer, vol. 84(3), pages 249-275, 05.
  4. Annette Hofmann & Mark Browne, 2013. "One-sided commitment in dynamic insurance contracts: Evidence from private health insurance in Germany," Journal of Risk and Uncertainty, Springer, vol. 46(1), pages 81-112, February.
  5. Martin Nell & Stephan Rosenbrock, 2008. "Wettbewerb in kapitalgedeckten Krankenversicherungssystemen: Ein risikogerechter Ansatz zur Übertragung von Alterungsrückstellungen in der Privaten Krankenversicherung," Perspektiven der Wirtschaftspolitik, Verein für Socialpolitik, vol. 9(2), pages 173-195, 05.
  6. Christine Arentz & Johann Eekhoff & Susanna Kochskämper, 2012. "Private health insurance: a role model for European health systems," The European Journal of Health Economics, Springer, vol. 13(5), pages 615-621, October.
  7. Friedrich Breyer, 2004. "How to Finance Social Health Insurance: Issues in the German Reform Debate," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, vol. 29(4), pages 679-688, October.
  8. Volker Meier, 2006. "Nicht jede Reform ist eine gute Reform: Verfahren zur Übertragung individueller Alterungsrückstellungen in der Privaten Krankenversicherung," Ifo Schnelldienst, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 59(16), pages 21-24, 08.
  9. Nell, Martin & Rosenbrock, Stephan, 2007. "Wettbewerb in kapitalgedeckten Krankenversicherungssystemen: Ein konsistenter Ansatz zur Übertragung von individuellen Alterungsrückstellungen in der Privaten Krankenversicherung," Working Papers on Risk and Insurance 19, University of Hamburg, Institute for Risk and Insurance.
  10. Werding, Martin & McLennan, Stuart, 2011. "International portability of health-cost coverage : concepts and experience," Social Protection Discussion Papers 63929, The World Bank.

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