Topic :

Who needs doctors? How patient empowerment and dr google might lead to healthier applicants, but greater risk asymmetry


Objectives :

  • Learn how a health industry hijacked by profit could be fixed by patient empowerment and knowledge
  • Understand various aspects of personalised medicine, genetics, microbiome, epigenetics and big data, and how this is likely to lead to better healthcare and better outcomes
  • Be aware of the danger of future insurance applicants that are many times more aware of their risks than today’s applicants
  • Are there opportunities for insurers to leverage this self empowered google educated customer?

Dr John Schoonbee is a medical doctor who has been working in the insurance field for about 15 years and directly for reinsurers since 2005. John began working at Swiss Re in July 2011 and is their Global Chief Medical Officer, in addition to specifically covering the EMEA region. He is involved in many aspects of life insurance, including product development, risk and claims assessment, as well as helping with pricing some of the more complex medical life and health products.

Dr Schoonbee graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1995, and performed his internship at Groote Schuur Hospital. After some years in private medical practice he joined the corporate world which included working at a company that specialized in corporate sick leave management, in its own right, as well as the link to future short and long term disability.

While running his own sick leave and disability consulting company he joined RGA in South Africa and became Chief Medical Officer and Head of Research.

John coordinates a team of over 20 permanent and consultant medical doctors at Swiss Re, in addition to focusing on key global health topics. He recently initiated a collaboration between Swiss Re and The BMJ to host a seminal event on reassessing.

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