In Panama, in the first quarter health insurance policies worth $46,091,432 U.S. dollars were sold, which is an increase of 10% compared to the first quarter in 2011, said Eduardo Fabrega German, president of the Panamanian Association of Insurers (Apadea).
That increase is the equivalent of $9,195,539 more. Health policies were the second most frequently sold in the Panamanian insurance industry in the first quarter.
"In Panama, consumers are opting to buy health insurance policies for care at private clinics and hospitals, so as to receive better medical care, and more rapid and reliable service than that provided by state hospitals", reported Pananaamerica.com.pa.
"These figures show that with each passing day we are reaching more Panamanians and the foreigners who reside in the Isthmus", said Fabrega.
Three international insurers, BUPA Latinamerica, BMI Companies and Best Doctors Insurance Limited are organizing their entry into the health insurance market in Guatemala.
Best Doctors Insurance Limited has agreements with Agromercantil Seguros SA, a local insurer to offer personal and business insurance. The formalization of their entry into the market is Wednesday, May 2nd.
Two new companies sold 17% of this sector of the Costa Rican market.
Panamerican Life and Seguros de Alico are the main rivals of the National Insurance Institute (INS), with a share of 14% of the personal insurance policies sold in the Costa Rican market, while other private companies control 4%.