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What if we apply Net neutrality rules to Healthcare Industry?

Doctors examining X-Ray reportIf a “neutrality rule” was imposed in the healthcare industry, health insurance companies would not be allowed to distinguish among policyholders’ risk profiles. This could clearly increase their actuarial risk, yielding to more difficulties to optimize the network management.

 

A potential “neutrality rule” in the healthcare industry would thus lead to:

  • Higher health insurance premium prices.
  • A reduction in the private health services supply.
  • A potential expelling from the market of certain types of policyholders, especially those with lower risks.
  • Fewer incentives for companies and families to hire insurance services.

 

These are the main findings of the new report elaborated by Solchaga Recio & Associates on how Net Neutrality provisions could impact on different sectors. (Spanish version of the report)

 

What if we apply neutrality rulses to healthcare industry

 

Summary of “neutrality rule” application on healthcare industry

 

This new report shows how the imposition of a “neutrality rule” would significantly affect strategies applied by health insurance companies on healthcare policyholders. In a few words, it would reduce Customers’ welfare.

 

We invite you to read carefully this new report to achieving a more profound knowledge of the negative effects of applying net neutrality rules for the customers. All in all, as it is the case in other sectors, we acknowledge that management risks would increase and companies would be forced to raise premium prices.

 

To see the whole series of the publication on how Net neutrality rules would impact other sectors, you can check the following: airlines industry, supermarket sector, courier business, electronic payment systems, targeting acquiring businesses, hotel industry.

 

 

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Chema Alonso

Chief Data Officer, Telefonica.