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  • Dilnot funding cap health Time is right to look at using pensions to fund care, say actuariesThis week's government announcement on social care costs should trigger a discussion on whether pension savings can be used to fund the cost of long-term care, according to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. 15 February 2013
  • Health care Medical underwriting 'could cut de-risking costs by over 10%'Taking pensioners' health and lifestyle into account could reduce the cost of de-risking a defined benefit pension scheme by 10% or more, according to research published today by The Pensions Institute. 04 February 2013
  • Mortality longevity death Actuaries find no improvement in longevity last yearThere was no improvement in longevity last year in England and Wales, with mortality actually worsening compared to 2011, according to analysis carried out by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. 24 January 2013
  • Old age pensions saving Ageing populations 'could cause government debt explosion'Failing to address the pressure ageing populations are putting on public finances and economic productivity could cause advanced economies' debt-to-gross domestic product ratios to increase by 'huge amounts', Fitch warned today. 21 January 2013
  • Mid-Term Review reaffirms state pension reform pledgeThe coalition government remains committed to introducing a 'better, simple, single state pension' and tying in the pension age to increases in longevity, Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said today. 07 January 2013
  • Old person retirement pensions Governments 'must do more to tackle cost of rising longevity'Governments must do more to address the long-term cost to the public purse of ageing populations, according to a report published by the International Longevity Centre UK today. 10 December 2012
  • Old age pensions saving Over-50s 'underestimate longevity and overestimate pension income'People nearing retirement are under-estimating how long they will live and are either overly optimistic or have no idea how much the retirement income will be, according to research published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies today. 30 November 2012
  • Freeing family carers for work 'could boost economy'Increasing care provision would allow more family carers to work and boost the economy, a report by Cass Business School has found. 16 November 2012
  • Photo: Ghetty Longevity modelling: Signs of maturityLifestyle changes and healthcare advances mean that deaths owing to heart disease continue to fall. Yet inequalities have widened. Dr Madhavi Bajekal investigates what growing old means for different social groups 01 October 2012
  • Embryo, Photo: Science Photo-library Embryonic marketJohn Kiff of the International Monetary Fund discusses longevity risk transfers and what the seemingly never-ending increase in the human lifespan means for market development 01 October 2012
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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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