Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan to facilitate information sharing mechanism for health insurance sector

Islamabad, April 29, 2016 (PPI-OT):The Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) is contemplating expanding the scope of Centralized Information Sharing Solution for Life Insurance Industry (CISSII) to include the register for the group health insurance claims experience.

In this regard, the SECP has solicited the comments and suggestions of the life and non-life insurance companies so as to finalize the extent and frequency of the information which will be shared on the health register. Currently, there is no information sharing mechanism for group health insurance claims because of which, insurers have difficulty in making pricing and underwriting decisions in respect of group health insurance business. The addition of health insurance register is another step towards development of a transparent, efficient, tech-savvy and more informed insurance sector, in line with the recommendations of the Insurance Industry Reforms Committee (IIRC).

At present, the CISSII has four registers, on which, information is shared by the life insurance companies regarding declined or postponed risks, group life claims experience, early death claims, and malpractices of agents. The addition of health register in the CISSII will expand its scope to include the non-life insurance companies also which underwrite the business of health insurance. It is believed that this initiative will facilitate the pricing and underwriting functions of the insurance companies while reducing the risks of anti-selection and fraudulent claims for the companies underwriting health insurance business.

For more information, contact:
Shakil Ahmad Chaudhary
Head, Internal and External Communication
Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)
NIC Building, 63 Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad
Tel: +92-51-9214005 or +92-51-9214009 (Ext. 378)
Fax: +92-51-9206459
Cell: +92-302-8552254