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A sign that insurers are actually investing in technology

Insurers have talked about the need to be more digital for years now but there is one clear sign that they are actually following through on their plan.

According to a KPMG insurance expert, a significant number of insurers are investing in ‘insurtechs’ so much that it has become an “incredible trend,” said Laura Hay, global head of insurance at KPMG International. The fact that so many insurtechs are seeing more investments is a signal that insurers are turning to them to help boost their digital offerings.

According to its research, KPMG found that “the third quarter of 2020 showed incredible insurtech spending” as 73% of insurtechs raised capital in the quarter, she reported. It is the first time those numbers have reached such heights.

KPMG also gauged customer sentiment in a series of what Hay called “touchpoints.” Within this latest round of surveying customers, “40% said they want efficient processing of claims, which is really screaming for the digital agenda.” And it appears their calls are being answered: insurers seem to be placing their focus on claims processes.

It is an area that saw a surge as the pandemic hit, primarily in terms of inquires and claims submissions. “And it really highlighted the need for claims processes, in particular, to be more streamlined, or digitally enabled,” Hay said.

Jason Storah of Aviva commented that the transactional administration part of the insurance buying process is a big timewaster as far as he’s concerned. That time could be better spent understanding the coverage they are buying or exploring other options they may need.

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Will Alberta Move to a Pure No-Fault Auto Insurance System?

An Alberta auto insurance advisory committee has recommended the province move to a pure no-fault system delivered by private insurers, a change that the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) does not feel would be in the best interest of drivers.

One of the recommendations of the advisory committee’s report was the move to a pure no-fault system, “but the changes the government made were actually just updates to the current system, which is more just a hybrid between tort and a no-fault system.”

The report recommendations were announced when the government introduced Bill 41, the Insurance (Enhancing Driver Affordability and Care) Amendment Act, Oct. 29. The bill passed second reading Nov. 18.

The government introduced a “direct compensation for property damage” framework into the system, which is in every other private auto sector jurisdiction across the country, said Celyeste Power, vice president of IBC’s Western region. This is a first-payer system (not a no-fault system) for physical vehicle damage.

Other proposed changes under the bill and through new Orders in Council, among others, expand the number of injuries under the minor injury regulation and limit the number of expert witnesses that could be used in motor vehicle accident injury claims.

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