April 05, 2011

If Solvency II would be something like Basel II

Sir, in “EU reform plan alarms insurers” April 5, representatives of insurance companies express some reservations about the regulatory package known as Solvency II coming in force at the start of 2013... and I wonder whether some of the insured would have reasons to be concerned too.

I mean if Solvency II for the insurance companies follows the principles of the Basel II applied to banks, then the capital requirements for insurance companies for insuring those perceived as less healthy will be higher than those required when insuring those perceived as much healthier, independently from the fact that insurance companies already charge higher premiums to the first group.

Has anyone heard about some health rating agencies positioning themselves for business?