Health Insurance Carriers Industry Profile

Report Page Length: 10-12
Last Quarterly Update: 5/18/2020
SIC Codes: 6321, 6324
NAICS Codes: 524114
Chapters Include:
Industry Overview Trends & Challenges Industry Forecast
Quarterly Industry Update Call Prep Questions Website & Media Links
Business Challenges Financial Information Glossary & Acronyms
View Full Sample Add To Cart

Excerpt from Health Insurance Carriers Industry Profile

Companies in this industry underwrite health and medical insurance policies and administer group hospitalization plans, HMOs, and PPOs. Major companies include Aetna, Anthem, CIGNA, Humana, and UnitedHealth Group (all based in the US), as well as AEGON (the Netherlands), Allianz (Germany), and BUPA (UK).

Worldwide, demand for private health insurance is rising, especially in developing countries such as India and China, but also in countries with comprehensive government-provided health care. Health insurance expenditures exceed $1.7 trillion annually, according to Allied Analytics.

The US health insurance carriers industry includes about 5,600 establishments (single-location companies and units of multi-location companies) with combined annual revenue of about $900 billion.


Demand for health insurance products is driven by cost of medical care. The profitability of individual companies depends on efficient operations and the ability to enter favorable contracts with health care providers. Large companies and organizations have advantages in negotiating contracts with providers. Small companies can compete successfully by specializing in types of coverage or populations. The US industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies generate about 80% of revenue.

Health payment reform efforts have altered the competitive landscape for health insurance companies around the globe. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated health care coverage availability for all Americans beginning in 2014; the law also eliminated some common exclusions, such as pre-existing conditions. Managed care companies compete for customers in new government-run health exchanges, where ...

View Full Sample Add To Cart Return to the Industry Profile Menu

Related Profiles

Here are a few profiles related to Health Insurance Carriers that you also might be interested in viewing:

Would you or your company benefit from having unlimited access to First Research's industry intelligence tools?

Learn More About Subscription Options