Cover story: Rising premiums and membership numbers have supported revenue growth

The Health Insurance industry has recorded steady growth over the past five years, underpinned by rising premiums. Industry operators have reported an increasing volume of claims paid over the period, on the back of a rising population aged 50 and over. This trend has led health insurers to raise premiums to maintain profitability after recording an operating deficit at the start of the past five-year period.Private health insurance membership numbers have grown over the past five years as health consciousness among the population has increased. A rise in the number of employer-subsidised memberships has also driven increasing coverage rates over the period. Overall, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 3.7% over the five years through 2019-20, to $ more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Rising premiums have underpinned industry growth, despite an increasing volume of claims
  • Industry operators have had to raise premiums to cover claims expenses over the past five years
  • Premiums are forecast to continue rising over the next five years, supporting revenue growth
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    The Health Insurance industry exhibits high barriers to entry. Start-up barriers largely relate to capital requirements. The Insurance (Prudential Supervision) Act 2010 sets out solvency standards for insurers, which require providers to hold significant reserves. This policy aims to ensure that insurers have sufficient funds to pay out large claims to policyholders and debt to creditors. Another barrier to entry and success is the requirement for health insurers to establish and maintain a network of health-service providers. The industry's largest operator, Southern Cross Medical Care Society, maintains a list of affiliated providers that its members use. The initial cost of establishing a network is a significant barrier to entry for new operators. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Health Insurance Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Health Insurance are:

  • Financial position of the company (as against financial structure)
  • Age or risk profile of members
  • Having a cost effective distribution system
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Private health insurance membership and Demand from health care and social assistance in the Health Insurance industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Health Insurance in New Zealand Industry?

    Industry operators primarily provide health insurance. Firms in the industry underwrite policies covering hospital, medical, dental, pharmaceutical and funeral expenses.

    Industry Products
  • Elective surgery cover
  • Comprehensive cover
  • Minor medical cover
  • Industry Activities
  • Health insurance provision
  • Dental insurance provision
  • Funeral benefit provision
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Private health insurance membership
  • Demand from health care and social assistance
  • Population aged 50 and older
  • Real household disposable income

  • Current Performance
  • Private health insurance’s role
  • Operating landscape
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Operating landscape
  • The future health system
  • Table: Health Insurance Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Health Insurance Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers in New Zealand

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Dental Services in New Zealand
  • Hospitals in New Zealand
  • Other Health Services in New Zealand
  • Specialist Medical Services in New Zealand

  • Products & Services
  • Elective surgery cover
  • Comprehensive cover
  • Minor medical cover
  • Chart: Health Insurance Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Individuals aged 40 to 59
  • Individuals aged 20 to 39
  • Individuals aged 19 and under
  • Individuals aged 60 and over
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Health Insurance Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Health Insurance

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Health Insurance Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Southern Cross Medical Care Society, nib NZ Limited,
  • Table: Southern Cross Medical Care Society - financial performance
  • Table: nib NZ Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Health Insurance Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Health Insurance Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Elective Surgery
  • Surgical procedures that are not considered to be urgent or an emergency.
  • Loss Ratio
  • Calculated by claims expenses as a percentage of premium income, representing a company's gross margin or underwriting profitability.
  • Premiums
  • Regular payments made by health insurance policyholders to insurers.
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