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Operational Losses for the Capital Charge of Health Insurers: Lessons from Spain


  • Rafael Hernández Barros

    () (Economía Financiera y Contabilidad III Dept., Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Campus de Somosaguas, 28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), Spain.)

  • María Isabel Martínez Torre-Enciso

    () (Financiación e Investigación Commercial Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Madrid, Spain.)


The new legislation in the insurance sector within the European Union, Solvency II, which represents an important milestone for the management and financial analysis of operational risk, will have a positive impact on their knowledge and control. This research explores the statistical analysis of the operational risks of health insurance companies in Spain from an external database of insured losses, which is a qualitative relevant aspect that will help to understand its behaviour for the future combination of data and the later selection of models and subsequent quantification of solvency capital. Results show that the database is consistent with the overall performance of operational risks, which ultimately will facilitate the acceptance and control of operational risks within insurers.

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  • Rafael Hernández Barros & María Isabel Martínez Torre-Enciso, 2012. "Operational Losses for the Capital Charge of Health Insurers: Lessons from Spain," The Geneva Papers on Risk and Insurance - Issues and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan;The Geneva Association, vol. 37(4), pages 763-779, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:gpprii:v:37:y:2012:i:4:p:763-779

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