Before, if you are HIV positive you can never get insured. Insurance companies will decline you right away if you declared it.
HIV in the Philippines
The Philippines is currently one of nine countries with rapidly increasing cases of HIV infection.
The annual reported cases of HIV in the country have increased 37 times in the last decade. Sexual transmission still accounts for over 95 percent of cases, and a major shift from heterosexual to MSM (men having sex with men) transmission has occurred.
Based on the HIV/AIDS registry of the Department of Health (DOH), 26 new HIV/AIDS cases were documented every day in 2016. The figure is up from one case in 2008; four cases in 2010; nine cases in 2012 and 17 cases in 2014.
The DOH recorded a total of 39,622 HIV cases, including 3,665 AIDS, from January 1984 to December 2016. (Salvana, Philstar)
Among the hard hit are the youth. According to Seguerra of National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson, “Out of 28 Filipinos living with HIV, 24 of these are the youth, a little more than 60 percent of new infections are among 15 to 24 years old.” (CNN Philippines)
HIV, Life Insurance and Insurance Commission
This February 2017, the Insurance Commission (IC) has issued a new underwriting guideline in the assessment for risks of personas with actual or perceived human immune deficiency virus (HIV) to help alleviate the economic strain to the person and their families.
According to Insurance Commissioner Dennis B. Funa, the guidelines will enable insurance companies to offer fully underwritten life insurance to customers with actual, perceived or suspected to be inflicted with HIV. (Business Mirror)
According to the report of the Business Mirror, the crafting of the new guidelines was in collaboration with the Life Underwriters Associations of the Philippines, the Philippine Society of Insurance Medicine and the Philippine Life Insurance Associations – Medical Information Database.
Insurance companies are not required to create new insurance policies but instead special underwriting standards will be used in existing life-insurance policies under the new guidelines, according to the IC.
Insurance companies may now provide insurance cover to a person with HIV if the applicant is undergoing proper medical treatment, has a favorable risk profile, and the results of the medical examinations required are within normal limits.
In case of newly discovered persons who are HIV positive, the insurance companies can defer the issuance of the life insurance policy for not more than one year from the start of continuous antiretroviral treatment. This period is required to see if the patient is compliant to the treatment.
The public should also understand that persons with HIV may be insured but will undergo the rigorous underwriting procedure by the insurance company as guided by the Insurance Commission.
The same with persons with pre-existing diseases, the insurance company still has a right to defer and decline the client if the result is unfavorable. If in cases the insurance company shall accept a client, most probably the policy is rated, meaning it is more expensive than the standard person with no HIV or no comorbidities. Read more on this underwriting procedures: people with diseases getting insurance.
I always say this, “the best time to get a policy, is when you are young and healthy. Not only it is cheaper, but you lock in the premium, your health and insurability at the time you got your life insurance.
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