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  • p20-Watering-piggybank-illustration-iStock-607763446 Mind the gender gapMark Williams questions the sustainability of gender-based actuarial factors in pension schemes in light of social and actuarial rationale 09 November 2017
  • p28-30-Heart-transplant- What if artificial organs could replace the need for donors?Artificial organs look likely to play an increasingly important role in transplantation. Nay Wynn considers the implications for insurance 12 October 2017
  • p22-24-longivity-tree-ring-iStock-538650790.png Prolonging the longevity trendIt is well known that life expectancy has steadily and markedly increased over time in the UK. Many actuaries apparently take it as a natural law that the historic longevity trend will continue into the future. 13 April 2017
  • What 2016 told us about death What 2016 told us about deathMatthew Edwards looks at the most interesting pieces of mortality news of 2016, both in the UK and internationally 09 March 2017
  • Dementia Is dementia really on the rise?Carl Campbell seeks to uncover whether dementia-related mortality is deteriorating, as well as the potential impact on critical illness (CI) insurance claims 09 March 2017
  • iStock What if: We found a cure for cancer?Nay Wynn investigates the streams of research that could one day lead to a remedy for cancer and the likely ramifications for the insurance industry 09 February 2017
  • Shutterstock Joined-up thinking and shared-value insuranceAndrew Scott shows how, as new technologies emerge with potential to monitor and encourage healthy living, shared-value insurance is beginning to shape the future of insurance globally 01 December 2016
  • The influenza agenda The influenza agendaInsurers perennially cite a pandemic as one of the major risks they face, but are the industry's modelling approaches keeping pace with the wider body of available knowledge? Matthew Edwards and Richard Marshall investigate 01 December 2016
  • Shutterstock Cancer - a diagnosis for the futureKarin Neelsen describes new technology to diagnose cancer and how this is likely to affect pricing and claims handling in insurance 03 November 2016
  • care home sad People being 'left in limbo' when it comes to planning for future care costsJust 6% of people aged over 45 have made financial plans to pay for their future care needs, a survey by Just Retirement has found. 10 October 2016
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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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