In this opinion piece, Brent Walker reflects on his long experience in health insurance and how individual lifestyle decisions influence healthcare utilisation. Brent compares these past lessons to what we have learned in the two years since the earliest known cases of COVID-19 emerged. The recently emerging Omicron variant reinforces the need for actuaries to continue to progress the thinking on how their clients should respond to this apparently endemic virus.
Since the Omicron variant was first identified as a variant of concern, everyone wants to understand the severity. An initial study in South Africa suggests Omicron is less severe, whereas a UK study finds no difference. My view? Still too early to tell.
The Pensions, Benefits and Social Security Section (PBSS) is one of six special interest sections of the International Actuarial Association (IAA). Brnic Van Wyk, a member of the PBSS Board, details the key components and objectives of the Section
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