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Assessing the Life Insurance Industry in Ghana

Assessing the Life Insurance Industry in Ghana

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European Journal of Business and Management www.iiste.org ISSN 2222-1905 !aper" ISSN 2222-2#$9 %nline" &ol.'( No.21( 201)
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Assessing the Life Insurance Industry in Ghana
*ran+is Boadu
1,
 (r. Elia/et womo-*ouo
1
(Josep ofi Boa3e
2
(4l/ert %pou *rimpong
1
 1.Institute of Entrepreneursip  Enterprise e6elopment( umasi !ol3te+ni+( !% /o7 #5)(umasi( 8ana 2.S+ool of Business and Management Studies( umasi !ol3te+ni+( !% /o7 #5)(umasi( 8ana , E-mail of te +orresponding autor linna+us:3aoo.+om
Abstract
Insuran+e as a +ru+ial role to pla3 in e6er3 e+onom3. In 8ana( tere a6e /een a num/er of disasters resulting in loss of life and propert3. ;is paper attempts to assess te life insuran+e industr3 in 8ana troug a sample of $$0 +ustomers of life insuran+e +ompanies operating in te umasi Metropolis. ;e stud3 re6ealed tat life insuran+e +ompanies find it diffi+ult to settle +laim pa3ment and su/<e+t +ustomers to long pro+essing period wile some settlement end up in +ourt. =0> of te +ustomers do not re+ei6ed feed/a+ after lodging +omplains. ;ese insuran+e +ompanies owe6er +olle+t teir premium promptl3.
Keywords:
insuran+e( effe+ti6eness( satisfa+tion( +laim( premium
1. Introduction
Insuran+e in6ol6es pooling funds from man3 insured entities nown as e7posures" to pa3 for te losses tat some ma3 in+ur. It offers prote+tion against te e+onomi+ impa+t of an untimel3 deat( ealt( a++idents( funeral among oters. Insuran+e pla3s a +ru+ial role in te fun+tioning of modern e+onomies. *or e7ample( te insuran+e  penetration le6els a++ounted for ).# > of te gross domesti+ produ+t 8!" of India in 2011 and furter grew to ' > in 2012 Bari( 2012". ;e situation in 8ana is ?uite different as onl3 5 > of te population as an insuran+e produ+t in te form of prote+tion for temsel6es( teir /enefi+iaries and possessions NI@( 2011". ;e industr3As +ontri/ution to te +ountr3As gross domesti+ produ+t o6ers around 1 >( as +ompared to Sout 4fri+a 1).# >( Nami/ia =.$ >( en3a 2.# >( Nigeria 0.' > and Mala3sia ).# > Swiss e Sigma eport( 2012". 8anaAs insuran+e istor3 dates /a+ in te +olonial era in 192)( wen o3al 8uardian Enterprise( +urrentl3 nown as Enterprise Insuran+e @ompan3 Cimited was esta/lised. In 1955( 8old @oast Insuran+e @ompan3 was formed as te first indigenous pri6ate insuran+e +ompan3 followed /3 State Insuran+e @ompan3 in 19'2. B3 te 3ear 200#( li+ensed insuran+e +ompanies witin te +ountr3 ad in+reased to $9( gi6en te /readown as 1= in te life insuran+e and 22 for non life insuran+e. Insuran+e +ompanies in 8ana are in tree +ategories namel3D Cife Insuran+e( Non-Cife Insuran+e and @omposite Insuran+e wi+ is te +om/ination of life and non-life insuran+e. ;e pla3ers of te insuran+e maret +onsist of insuran+e +ompanies and poli+3 olders insurers". ;e insuran+e maret is di6ided into te Cife and Non-life insuran+e .Ea+ maret as its suppl3 and demand. ;e demand side of te Cife maret is +onstituted /3 te poli+3 older wo wants +ompensation upon deat( terminal illness or +riti+al illness( wile te Non-Cife maret demand sie is formed /3 te automo/ile and ome ownersA poli+3 olders. ;e suppl3 side of /ot marets is populated /3 insurers wo see to indemnif3 poli+3 olders. Insuran+e maret as tremendous effe+t on te national e+onom3 /3 +reating <o/s( pa3ing ta7es to go6ernment for oter de6elopmental a+ti6ities and prote+ting te +itienr3 from loss of properties among oters. ;e 19#9 insuran+e law( !N@ Caw 229( esta/lised te National Insuran+e @ommission NI@" 8adan( 2010"( as te autoritati6e /od3 in +arge of insuran+e issues in 8ana. It is mandated to ensure effe+ti6e administration( super6ision( regulation and +ontrol a+ti6ities as ena+ted in te Insuran+e 4+t( 200' 4+t =2)". ;e +ommission was set up mostl3 to deal wit te numerous +omplains of +ustomers o6er te 3ears +on+erning te t3pe of ser6i+es te3 re+ei6ed from te insuran+e +ompanies. @ustomers are 6alua/le assets for an3 organiation as te3 are te ultimate destination of an3 produ+ts or ser6i+es ;apa( 2010". ;e su++ess of an3 organiation depends upon te satisfa+tion of te +onsumers sin+e te3 are te end users of organiational  produ+ts or ser6i+es and +an de+ide to sta3 or swit+ to oter /rands /ased on teir satisfa+tion. ;e +ustomer is te onl3 sour+e of te +ompan3As present profit and future growt 8ra3  B3un( 2001". ue to ig degree of glo/aliation of marets and intense +ompetition among te pla3ers in te insuran+e industr3( more attention need to /e paid towards +ustomer satisfa+tion and retention if te ma<or pla3ers do not want to lose teir e7isting +ustomers. ;e e3 sustaina/le +ompetiti6e ad6antage in toda3As +ompetiti6e /usiness en6ironments lies in deli6ering ig-?ualit3 ser6i+e tat result in satisfied +ustomers !arasuraman( Berr3  eitaml( 1991". 4ddressing +ustomer needs ad /e+ome a great differentiator( te most powerful +ompetiti6e weapon wi+ man3 leading ser6i+e organiations possess at( Sirg3  oseno( 199#". espite te esta/lisment of NI@( 8anaian insuran+e +ompanies are often a++used of /ea6ing as if te3 are doing a fa6our to teir +ustomers. ;e insuran+e industr3 suffers most from negati6e image as a result of lower +ustomer satisfa+tion per+eption NI@( 200#". ;e general pu/li+ as different per+eption on life assuran+e  poli+3. Most of te time( +lients +omplains of ina/ilit3 of insuran+e +ompanies to pa3 prompt +laims( sometimes
 
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15 e6en den3ing tem of te +laims and ultimatel3 ending up in te +ourt of law. F4t te 3ear ending 200#( two undred and fort3-fi6e 2)5" +omplaints were re+ei6ed from te pu/li+ against insuran+e +ompaniesG NI@( 4nnual eport( 200#". It is 6er3 +ommon to ear people remaring tat insuran+e +ompanies are ?ui+er in re+ei6ing premiums /ut slower wen it +omes to +laims pa3ment. Insuran+e +ompanies a6e alwa3s /een  /lamed for late deli6er3 of ser6i+es. It is +ommonpla+e to ear people +omplaining of late deli6er3 of poli+3 do+uments( renewal noti+es or e6en undue dela3 in responding to +ustomersA re?uests. @onsidering te numerous insuran+e +ompanies in 8ana and te eas3 a++ess to e6er3 indi6idual( +ustomers are  /e+oming intolerant and easil3 /rea up teir relationsip as pro/lems arise. ;is as led to mo6ement of  potential +ustomers from one +ompan3 to anoter owing to ill-treatment. @ustomers in te insuran+e industr3 swit+ teir wole /usiness unlie tose in tele+ommuni+ation wo partl3 swit+ to a +ompetitor Ed6ardsson( 8ustafsson  oos( 200)". @ustomer retention is a +ore +on+ern of e6er3 organiation. ue to tis reasons( te satisfa+tion of te +onsumers /e+omes priorit3 for an3 organiations in+luding tose in te insuran+e industr3. ;e purpose of tis stud3 is to assess ow life insuran+e industr3 in 8ana is performing. ;e stud3 e7plores te e7tent to wi+ +laims assessment( premium pa3ment( +ustomer +omplain issues are affe+ting life insuran+e industr3 in 8ana. %ur findings +ould enri+ dis+ussions of appropriate poli+3 framewor tat +ould stimulate insuran+e se+tor of te e+onom3. ;e paper pro+eeds wit te o6er6iew of insuran+e industr3 and +ustomer e7pe+tations( metodolog3 and data issues( reporting and dis+ussion of empiri+al results and ten +on+lusion.
2. Overview of Insurance Industry and Customer !"ectations
Insuran+e is a pooling of riss /3 indi6iduals( were part of te pa3ment of te man3 is used to pa3 to te few wo suffer losses  Se/i3am( 2005D e<da( 1992D 8art  a6id( 1990D ;ro7el  @omi+( 19#$". 4nderson and Brown 2005" opined tat under a formal insuran+e arrangement( ea+ insuran+e poli+3 pur+aser poli+3older" still impli+itl3 pools is ris wit all oter poli+3olders. Insuran+e is designed to meet te finan+ial well-/eing of an indi6idual( +ompan3 or oter entit3 in te +ase of unpredi+ted losses. Some forms of insuran+e are +ompulsor3 wile oters are optional Ho3oae eipers( 1999". Insuran+e operation in 8ana started far /a+ in 1955( and te maret is /e+oming more 6i/rant and +ontinues to mae progress espe+iall3 /etween 200) and 2009 NI@( 2009". It as +ontri/uted immensel3 to te growt of te *inan+ial Ser6i+es Se+tor and elped  propelled te e+onom3 of 8ana for te past 3ears 4ll 4fri+a 8lo/al Media( 2010". ;e industr3 as a uge  potential( wi+ as /arel3 /een s+rat+ed. !rospe+ts in life /usinesses are 3et to /e full3 tapped. Benefits tat a++rued from life insuran+e industr3 to te nation( organiations and indi6iduals in+lude te use of life insuran+e  poli+ies as +ollateral se+urit3 for /an loans o6erdrafts( and mortgage as well as pro6ision for retirement NI@( 200'". @ustomers in tis industr3 e7pe+t a lot from teir insurers or ser6i+e pro6iders. ;e3 e7pe+tD prompt deli6er3 of +ompetent and effi+ient ser6i+es paramount among wi+ is pa3ment of +laims( nowledgea/le and ser6i+ea/le frontline staff tat are e6er prepared to gi6e information on re?uest and relia/le feed/a+ among oters 4marte3-&ondee( 200=". nderstanding +ustomer e7pe+tations is an important and essential element in ser6i+e deli6er3. 4++ording to eitaml( Bitner and 8remler 200$"( +ustomer e7pe+tation is /asi+all3 a /elief a/out te ser6i+e deli6er3. Mainl3 two ma<or t3pes of e7pe+tation are predominant in +ase of life insuran+e  pur+asing s+enario Bari( 2012". ;ese are ideal or desired ser6i+e and ade?uate ser6i+e. %f +ourse /ot tese ser6i+e e7pe+tation 6aries from produ+t to produ+t( /usiness to /usiness( ad6isor to ad6isor and industr3 to industr3 Bari( 2012". @ustomer satisfa+tion is an o6erall attitude towards a produ+t or an organiation tat  pro6ides ser6i+es or +ustomerAs rea+tion towards te differen+e /etween +ustomerAs e7pe+tation and wat is re+ei6ed +on+erning te satisfa+tion of needs( desires or goal Hansemar  4l/inson( 200)". 8ood +ustomer 6alue +an /e a+ie6ed onl3 wen ser6i+e ?ualit3( produ+t ?ualit3 and te 6alue-/ased pri+es e7+eed te +ustomer satisfa+tion. If one of tese is negle+ted te +ustomer satisfa+tion will suffer a tremendous set/a+. E6en if pri+e and te produ+t are good /ut te ser6i+e is /ad( te entire image of te +ompan3 produ+t will /e /ad and te +ustomer will +ertainl3 not /e app3 M+Neil  @rotts( 200'". 4++ording to Ho3er and Ma+lnnis 2001" +ustomers tat are not satisfied ma3 de+ide to stop patroniing a /usiness to pur+ase insuran+e produ+ts and ser6i+es( te3 ma3 +omplain to a tird part3 or te /usiness organiation and te3 ma3 also gi6e negati6e word of mout. @ustomer dissatisfa+tion usuall3 +omes a/out as a result of poor /usiness management and /usiness  pra+ti+es Broad/ridge Marsall( 1995". Ndu/iasi 2005" and !feifer 2005" ad posited tat te +ost of ser6ing a lo3al +ustomer is fi6e or si7 times less tan te +ost of a+?uiring a new one. ;is is line wit te 6iew e7pressed /3 als et al. 2005" wen e said tat it is +eaper to loo after e7isting +ustomers tan a+?uiring new ones.
 
Ser6i+e firms must terefore do someting a/out it in order to pro6ide good +ustomer ser6i+eD enan+e +ustomer lo3alt3 and repeat patronage of ser6i+e. Ser6i+e failure as possi/l3 per+ei6ed /3 +ustomers is a ma<or +on+ern for te ser6i+e firm /e+ause of its potential effe+ts on te ser6i+e out+ome 8ustafsson( 2009". Ser6i+es +an onl3 /e e7perien+ed( /e+ause it is +onsumed at te point of pur+ase Boadu( womo-*ouo( Boa3e(  *rimpong 201)". 4++ording to N3er 2000"( good andlings and positi6e responses to +ustomersA +omplaints +an in+rease +ustomer lo3alt3 to ser6i+e industr3. Broad/ridge and Marsall 1995" posited tat
 
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1' +onsumers +an resort to so man3 different inds of a+tions in settling dissatisfa+tion. *or instan+e( +ustomers +an tae pri6ate or pu/li+ a+tion Ba+lund  Holmg6ist( 200'". Insuran+e pro6iders need to /e +areful and pro6ide ade?uate ser6i+e to teir 6arious +ustomers to a6oid an3 misunderstanding tat +an end up in +ourt for redress. ;is stud3 e7amines ow life insuran+e industr3 is performing in 8ana.
#. $ateria%s and $ethods
3.1 Area of Study
 
;is stud3 was +ondu+ted witin Cife Insuran+e @ompanies in umasi Metropolitan 4ssem/l3 to a6e an in-dept understanding and appre+iation of ow +ustomers assessed te performan+e of te industr3. It is also aimed at identif3ing inno6ati6e measures and te+nolog3 deli6er3 +annels tat life Insuran+e @ompanies a6e deplo3ed to ensure +on6enient insuran+e. ;e stud3 was limited to Cife 4ssuran+e @ompanies in umasi metropolis. umasi is te +apital of te 4santi region of 8ana and terefore +onsidered appropriate /e+ause most insuran+e +ompanies a6e /ran+es lo+ated in it( to ser6e te middle /elt.
3.2 Population
 
;e target population for tis stud3 +onsists of all +ustomers of life assuran+e industr3 wit /ran+es in umasi Metropolis as at Ma3( 201$.
 
3.3 Sampling Design, Size and Procedure
 
4 sample sie of tree undred and tirt3 $$0" was sele+ted from te +ustomers of some life assuran+e +ompanies operating in umasi Metropolis as at Ma3( 201$. ;e +ompanies are ; life insuran+e( ME; life insuran+e( 8li+o life insuran+e( !ro6ident life insuran+e( Kualit3 life insuran+e( Star life insuran+e( !oeni7 insuran+e( onewell insuran+e( SI@ life insuran+e( E7press life insuran+e and Enterprise life assuran+e. 4ll te ele6en 11" /ran+es of te life assuran+e +ompanies in umasi were +onta+ted for te stud3. In ea+  /ran+( tirt3 +ustomers were sele+ted using purposi6e sampling. ;is metod was +osen /e+ause te resear+ers targeted +ustomers of te life assuran+e +ompanies. ;is made te sample sie to /e tree undred and tirt3 $$0" tat is $0 +ustomers in e6er3 /ran+ multipl3 /3 11 insuran+e firms". ;e resear+ers emplo3ed pro/a/ilit3 te+ni?ue to sele+t sample respondents for in+lusion in te sample for te stud3. ;e3 used random sampling te+ni?ues to sele+t all te elements. !rimar3 data for te stud3 were o/tained wit te aid of ?uestionnaire administered personall3 to te respondents. ata +olle+ted in+luded +laim assessment( assessment of premium pa3ment( +ustomer +omplaining issues( and +ustomer swit+ing in insuran+e +ompanies. Information on general +ara+teristi+s of +ustomers were also o/tained. ata gatered were anal3sed using des+ripti6e statisti+s. ;e sur6e3 data were +oded( 6erified and +leaned up( and ten entered and anal3sed using te S!SS programme. ;e findings of te stud3 were presented using appropriate ta/les and +arts to ensure eas3 interpretation.
 
;e sur6e3 distri/ution period of tis paper lasted from Ma3 to Septem/er 201$. 4 total of $$0 ?uestionnaire were +olle+ted.
&. 'esu%ts and (iscussion
4.1 General Caracteristics of te !espondents
 
;e general +ara+teristi+s of te sample are reported in ;a/le 1. In terms of gender distri/ution( male respondents of te o6erall sample are iger tan female respondents /3 )5.)' >. In terms of age( te result indi+ates tat ma<orit3 ='.$' >" of te respondents were witin te age group of 21-50. ;is means tat te +ustomers are relati6el3 3oung and +an +ontri/ute towards effe+ti6e insuran+e s3stem in te e+onom3 o6er a longer period. In terms of edu+ational /a+ground( te +ustomers of life insuran+e +ompanies tended to /e igl3 edu+ated( te ma<orit3 ad eiter a first degree or iger national diploma ?ualifi+ation. ;is means tat life insuran+e industr3 as a/le and igl3 edu+ated +ustomers wo understand te operations of te industr3. ;is in te long run will elp transfer nowledge and ideas easil3 among /ot +ustomers and mem/ers of staff. @laim( premium( +omplaining issues and swit+ing 6aria/les are e7amined separatel3 in te following se+tion.
 
4.2 Claim Assessment "ssues
 
;is se+tion of te paper presents an anal3sis of findings of te sur6e3 wi+ e7plored ow insuran+e +ompanies in 8ana deal wit teir +laims.
 
;e respondents +laimed tat pro6iding te do+uments posed a +allenge and terefore one of te ma<or +auses of te dela3. ;e3 are not made aware of te +orre+t do+uments re?uired in times of disaster. 4gain( te3 find it diffi+ult to gater all te do+uments re?uired /3 te insuran+e +ompan3. ;e3 ma3 not a/le to get all te  preferred +ertifi+ates and do+uments due to dela3 from go6ernment offi+es and oter state agen+ies. E7amples of su+ do+uments in+lude deat +ertifi+ate in +ase of Muslims( a testimon3 from +ief Imam"( identifi+ation proof of te insured and nominee( original poli+3 /ond( postmortem report and potograp of te person at te a++ident pla+e( first information report( among oters. It is impossi/le for a +ountr3 lie 8ana to pro6ide te  potograp of a person at te a++ident site.
 
4s indi+ated in ;a/le 2( '$.') > of respondents reported tat te3 see +laim pa3ment /3 life insuran+e

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