Health

Q&A with Deputy Chief Actuary at Medibank, Adam Stolz

We ask Deputy Chief Actuary and General Manager Pricing at Medibank, Adam Stolz, what it was like working on the Vitality program by AIA in Australia, and about the big challenges and opportunities facing the health insurance industry.

How to save our healthcare system - Actuaries Podcast

Join Actuary turned doctor, Raymond Yeow and distinguished doctor and social venture entrepreneur, Kevin Cheng - a specialist in chronic disease management and integrated care - as they discuss future models of healthcare on the podcast.

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What’s the Mental Health problem in Travel Insurance?

Bill Konstantinidis and Michael Storozhev discuss the growing understanding of mental health issues particularly in travel insurance and how actuaries can drive change in the industry.

Under the Spotlight - Daniel Cooper

This week, Head of Consulting and Research at Lorica Health, Daniel Cooper goes Under the Spotlight. The former gridiron quarterback shares details of his actuarial journey and how he balances work, family and fitness.

Mental health matters for private health insurance

Andrew Matthews and Brendan Pon outline reforms to psychiatric waiting periods within private health insurance and how this sits within the broader need to address growing mental ill-health treatment in Australia. 

Health Insurance Reform: Challenges and Opportunities

New Private Health Insurance (PHI) reforms that will come into effect on 1 April 2019 will present health insurers with a range of challenges and opportunities. Shaini Sivagnanam reports.

International CPD opportunities

There are over 30 committees, subcommittees, task forces, and working groups of the International Actuarial Association. These groups all commission, create and share content that may be relevant to Actuaries Institute members. Links to some of the content discussed at the recent meetings in Berlin, Germany are provided below.

Private Health Insurance: metallic paint, game theory and product standardisation

The interaction of reforms to categorise all hospital insurance products into Basic, Bronze, Silver and Gold with the commercial and political environment will require careful planning and detailed risk assessment, writes Barry Leung.

Mental Health and Insurance - Understanding. Validating. Contributing

Chief Actuary for Medibank Private, Andrew Matthews outlines the prevalence of mental health conditions, government spending, and the role of insurance in improving services.

A day in the life of a hospital treating team: ensuring best patient care

Raymond Yeow discusses the structure and operational practices of hospital treating teams with a view to inform future model design for hospital infrastructure, workforce analytics projects, or productivity initiatives.

Fast five with Fintechs  - an introduction

Elayne Grace outlines a new Actuaries Digital series where we spend five minutes with Australian Fintech and Insurtech companies, asking about their products and start-up journeys so far.

Fast five with Fintechs - Plenty Wealth

Greg Einfeld, Director at Plenty Wealth outlines his journey in fintech and where he sees his business, and the broader fintech landscape heading.

Aggregators within Private Health Insurance – Part 2

In Part Two of this two-part series, Andrew Gower discusses growth of aggregators has led to material impacts within the Australian health insurance market.  These impacts have made acquisition of new customers less profitable; leading to an increased focus on loyalty and developing deeper relationships with customers.

The Appointed Actuary Role: Back to the future

Responsibilities of the Appointed Actuary (AA) role have expanded in recent years with an increased focus on compliance activities, reducing capacity for the AA to be involved in the provision of strategic advice to the Board and senior management.

Inspiring Change: Interview with Actuary and Director at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)

In this Q&A, Meng shares why she loves working in "revolutionary disability reform", and the advice that changed how she approaches work and measures success. All ahead of her talk at the upcoming Young Actuaries Conference (YAC)!

Aggregators within Private Health Insurance – Part 1

Aggregators have become an important part of the Australian Private Health Insurance (PHI) industry, however, they are often seen as having negative impacts and pushing up prices. Here, health actuary Andrew Gower discusses the history and impact of aggregators.

Genetics - The Dialogue Podcast

The next instalment of the Dialogue Podcast series explores the broader future implications of genetic testing for society, medical professionals and the insurance industry, featuring co-author Jessica Chen.

Private Health Insurance and Bill Shock - The Dialogue Podcast

The next instalment of the Dialogue Podcast series explores how a simple innovative addition to private health insurance (PHI) can alleviate 'bill shock' and reduce out-of-pocket costs for those diagnosed with cancer.

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2018 Agenda – Key themes for financial services players

Chief Editor Angat Sandhu's first Editorial focuses on key themes at play in our industry, from regulatory paradigm shift, to heightened customer expectations, and finding efficiency though technology and data analytics.

Why is health insurance getting more expensive?

Positive reform of health insurance affordability in Australia is only possible if the root causes of premium inflation are understood. Here, Simon Lim of the Institute’s Health Practice Committee tackles this complex issue.

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