‘Non-Life Insurers are reluctant for claim settlement’

Kathmandu: Non-life insurance companies have been delaying insurance claim settlement. The non-life insurance companies have been delaying the payment of claims on various pretexts even though they are issuing insurance policies promptly.

The Insurance Board is also under pressure, especially after complaints against non-life insurance companies about the claim payment. There are still 180 complaints under hearing at the Insurance Board. The number of complaints against insurance companies is piling up every year.

Chairman of the Insurance Board Surya Prasad Silwal on Thursday warned that the tendency of delaying the payment of insurance claims under any pretext would not be tolerated. Silwal said that the board would not tolerate the tendency of not paying the claim due to various problems even after the claim was made. Stating that the board will not remain silent as the insurance companies will not pay their claims, the board will not remain silent, he said. “You have to be responsible.”

The Insurance Board, which is a quasi-judicial body, has been hearing and settling the cases against claims of life and non-life insurance companies. As per the financial statements up to the third quarter of FY 2077/78, the non-life insurance company had to pay Rs. 14.48 billion against insurance claim.

During the discussion program, the representatives of the company complained that the payment of the claim was delayed due to the surveyor not submitting the report on time. They added that there was a problem in the payment of claims as the insured don’t have the knowledge to collect and submit the required documents on time. They have suggested to fix the time for submission of claim documents.

They have demanded to open a new application for the surveyor as the number of active surveyors is only 150 out of the 400 surveyors in the market at present. In addition, a surveyor has 5 claims payment files pending and other surveys are not allowed. They have also demanded to increase the boundaries of such an arrangement by amending it.

The representatives of the insurance  companies also admitted that many fake invoices are received from against the motor vehicle claims .

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