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Event Information

The annual Health & Ageing Conference discusses the role of the life and health insurance industry in addressing issues related to ageing societies and emerging health trends.

The 2021 conference, co-organised with AXA, will take place virtually on 2–​3 December.

We look forward to welcoming insurance leaders and experts specialised in health, life, annuities & pensions, as well as academics and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations, to this event!

With any questions, please contact Casey Gillcrist, Events Manager, at conference@genevaassociation.org.


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Discussion overview

2021 conference

What will it take to ensure a healthy recovery from COVID-19?

The COVID-19 pandemic will have  lasting effects on our lives.  A year of lockdowns has given us a new lens through which to consider our wellbeing: physical, mental, financial and – more broadly – societal.  As consumers look to the insurance industry to boost protection, health and life insurers are also having to rethink the way they do business to meet the rising complexity of health and long-term financial needs across all age groups. This conference is an opportunity to reflect on the lessons learned and start a meaningful, multi-sectoral dialogue on how health and life protection will need to evolve in a post-COVID 19 world.

Programme (times in GMT)

Thursday, 2 December

 

10:00–10:10
Welcome remarks 
 

10:10–10:30
Opening address

Part 1: Two years into COVID-19. What have we learnt?
 

10:30–11:30
Session 1: Taking stock of the societal impact of the pandemic

COVID-19 has catalysed global shifts that have major implications for society and the insurance industry. This session will explore how the pandemic has changed attitudes towards life and health insurance as well as exacerbated existing inequities in risk protection.  

Break
 

11:40–12:20
Session 2: A spotlight on vaccines – How will they shape health risks?

Vaccine hesitancy is a major threat to global health; it can be difficult to understand, not least due to the polarised views on the subject. This session will take a deep dive into vaccine technology to understand its specific and non-specific effects on our immune system over time and how it may influence the future risk landscape and inform public discourse. 

12:20–13:00
Lunch break
 

13:00–14:00
Session 3: Health and health systems – What did COVID-19 hurt the most?

The chronically ill, vulnerable and elderly have suffered the most during the pandemic. Where and why did our response go wrong, what lessons have we learnt and what can we expect from new risks such as long COVID? This session will look beyond the headline statistics at early expert insights. 

 

Break

Part 2: Disruptive forces in health & life insurance
 

14:10–15:10
Session 4: Longevity and retirement – Disruptive technologies and their influence on practice

As of mid-October 2021, about 6.5 billion COVID vaccine shots have been administered globally. Some use mRNA technology developed with genetic information of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Does this approach herald an acceleration of genomic medicine? If so, how will it affect ageing and health prospects? What impact will it have on life and health insurers? This session will offer both the scientific and business perspectives.

 

 

 

 

Break
 

15:20–16:20
Session 5: Climate change and health – Are we prepared?

An estimated 250,000 additional deaths per year could be attributable to climate change between 2030 and 2050, with a loss of USD 2–4 billion per year to the health sector alone. Yet, the industry has predominantly focused on implications for investments rather than liability exposures. Should we be worried? This session will explore how some insurers are starting to frame the problem. 

 

 

 

Friday, 3 December
 

10:30–10:35
Introduction
 

Part 3: Where do we go from here?
 

10:35–11:45
Session 6: The ‘so what’ for life and health insurers?

The events of the past 18 months have not only taught us new lessons, they have accelerated the forces that were already underway. It is not all doom and gloom, however, and many in the industry have already adjusted to new realities and begun charting their course for the future. In this session, leading insurers will share their experiences and outlook.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Break
 
 

12:00–12:20
Keynote speech 

Changes in health and life insurers’ business and operating models are now necessary for insurers to remain relevant and realize their social purpose. Andy Briggs will discuss the transformations underway at Phoenix Group to ensure the company’s sustainability and value for society.

Break

 

12:30–13:30
Session 7: The role of data – The good, the bad and the ugly*

Data is the new gold and can offer huge value in healthcare and social care. Not using it responsibly, however, can breed mistrust among consumers and providers and even stifle innovation. How do we strike the right balance? This session will convene stakeholders spanning the insurance, provider and regulatory worlds to understand the diverse viewpoints.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Please note, this session falls under Part 2. The timing was shifted to accomodate the virtual format.