Health & Medical Insurance in the US
The Health and Medical Insurance industry, which is made up of carriers of private, group and public health, medical, dental insurance, was characterized by slow growth five years ago as a result of reduced employer coverage and continued consumer deleveraging. However, consistent increases in healthcare expenditure and medical cost inflation, as well as a sharp decline in the uninsured rate, have driven industry growth in recent years. In the coming years, as the baby boomer generation ages, more people will need medical coverage and the retirement of baby boomers will particularly increase Medicare expenditure.
This industry underwrites (i.e. assumes the risks of and assigns premiums for) health and medical insurance policies. Insurance is the transfer of the risk of a loss in exchange for payment. Operators also provide administrative services for self-funded insurance plans (whereby an employer provides health benefits to workers with its own funds). Under this structure, the industry operator is a third-party administrator and is not responsible for health benefit payments.
This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.