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Product Insurance Market Reports Life Rev Belgium

Key Highlights

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  • Key insights and explanations of market developments in life insurance, healthcare and pensions
  • Details Belgium's insurance, social security, pensions and healthcare regulatory framework and company and personal tax considerations
  • Current legislation and upcoming changes
  • The latest developments in Belgium's economic and political environment
  • Demographic information
  • Market statistics and company performance

Report Overview

Independent strategic insight, line of business detail, regulatory information & market data for the non-life (P&C) insurance market of Belgium

The Belgium life and benefits market report provides a comprehensive, impartial analysis of the life insurance market of Belgium.  Information extends to extensive detail on healthcare (public and private), pensions and benefits, and social security. Specialist researchers visit Belgium and interview local professionals working across the local market. The report is updated with new information and data regularly throughout the cycle of country visits.

The report provides information about Belgium’s demographic profile and assesses its economic, political, climate, operational, and security risks. Key data on the investment environment in Belgium is available.

Axco’s report describes the regulatory framework that applies to the Belgium domestic life insurance sector, including whether non-admitted insurance is permitted in Belgium; as well as the legislation necessary to know regarding Belgium’s healthcare, pensions and social security.

Statistics include five years of life insurance market performance indicators, including gross written premiums, premium growth and penetration rates. Company statistics show who are the leading life insurance companies in Belgium with local life insurance company premiums, market share and year on year growth.

Life Insurance

Axco provides details on the life insurance sector including Belgian market participants, reinsurance and distribution channels. The reports describe classes of business from both individual and group life such as whole life, endowment, term life and unit-linked.
Information on non-life classes for example critical illness and private medical insurance.

Healthcare

The report describes the public and private healthcare system in Belgium, the scope of cover, accessibility financing and provides an analysis of how the public and private systems complement each other.

Pensions

Axco reports on the three pillars of Belgium's pension provision.

  • State pension benefits including benefit calculations and eligibility criteria 
  • Workplace pension provision; types of schemes calculations eligibility and; tax implications
  • Voluntary individual pension provision, type of products and tax implications

Social Security

The Belgium report provides an in-depth analysis of the regulatory framework governing social security as well as details on financing and eligibility. Information includes but is not limited to

  • state pensions,
  • permanent disability benefit
  • occupational accident and disease
  • maternity and paternity payments 

Belgium Life and Benefits Report Extract

Below are brief extracts of information from the Belgium Life & Benefits Report; more updated information may be available in the latest published report.

Life Insurance

Summary and Trends

The life market comprises both individual and group products, with the individual market representing almost two-thirds of premium. The economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has been significant, with the economy forecast to contract by up to 8.8% in 2020. The National Bank of Belgium (NBB) published a press release in December 2020 suggesting an improvement in business confidence, with indicators in the business survey such as order books and expected demand, generally being less negative than in previous months.

Total written life premiums grew by 3.77% in 2019. According to the insurance association, Assuralia, total loss of premium income in the insurance market overall was ...

Pensions

Summary and Trends

A large proportion of the workforce belongs to an occupational pension plan. Business indicator post-Covid-19 indicate an improved outlook for group employee benefit insurances as well as personal insured savings products.  According to the agreement for the insurance sector, which was facilitated by the National Bank of Belgium (NBB) with the input of the Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) and the federal government, individuals and companies impacted by the pandemic were initially allowed to maintain their insurance cover and/or defer premium payments until 30 September 2020 for certain insurance classes (such as group pensions, death, disability and hospitalization under group insurance and insurances linked to mortgages).

Healthcare

Summary and Trends

A high level of basic healthcare is provided by the social security system. State healthcare covers costs of medical practitioners, drugs, hospitalisation and transport all subject to varying degrees of patient contribution. Above the basic social cover, private medical insurance (PMI) is optional. Some reform of doctors' fees is expected. At present supplements payable to doctors are not reimbursed ...

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