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  • web_actuary_chatbot_iStock-983456560.png AI chatbots to save hospitals billionsThe number of patients happy to turn to artificial intelligence (AI) for their healthcare is set to explode over the next five years, saving hospitals billions of dollars in the process. 05 December 2018
  • ©iStock Longevity: Moving into the slow laneAfter consecutive decades of improvement, longevity is stalling. Matthew Edwards looks at the factors involved. 11 October 2018
  • Explosion in e-cigarette usage has brought a new challenge ©Shutterstock How vaping is shaping our healthLittle is known about the effects of e-cigarettes on users' health. Niel Daniels, Mark Paulson and IFoA working party members examine the implications for life and health insurance. 11 October 2018
  • web_hourglass_iStock-108328865.jpg Interpreting mortality trendsChris Tavener considers the implications of a slowdown in mortality improvements for actuarial advice to defined benefit pension schemes. 11 October 2018
  • web_pensions_iStock A case for greater disclosureUK company accounts do not adequately explain defined benefit pension risks to investors, says Anne-Marie Winton. 08 October 2018
  • ©Ikon A weighty matterWith obesity rates showing no signs of declining, Nay Wynn examines their effects on health, and how actuaries can factor this in when underwriting life insurance policies. 09 August 2018
  • ©iStock Drop the pressure for employeesJames Bennett looks at stress in actuarial work, and suggests ways that managers can nurture a low-stress environment among employees. 09 August 2018
  • Statins Statins: figures on the pulseLisanne Gitsels and Elena Kulinskaya quantify the impact of statins on longevity 09 August 2018
  • ©Ikon The long viewHoward Kearns introduces LE01: a measure of longevity risk that puts it in context with other risks and mitigating factors over time. 09 August 2018
  • August Headshots Routes to the topIn this second instalment of our 'routes to the top' series, Bradley Shearer speaks to more senior executives about their career paths, giving further practical professional advice to us all. 09 August 2018
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Actuaries and healthcare

Actuaries have long been involved in financial planning for the NHS, and this is now a growing area for actuarial work, as the Government looks for ways to restructure the welfare state to meet the changing needs, demands and expectations of a changing population.

Evolving health provision models to meet changing needs is also a feature of the expansion of private sector work. Here actuaries work with other health professionals to find appropriate solutions for private medical insurance, income protection, critical illness, and long-term care insurance.

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