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Concept of Insurance - Meaning
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Concept of Insurance – Meaning

Concept of Insurance

The basic objective of insurance is to transfer the risk of a person to the insurance company which has easily spread it over a large number of persons who are insuring similar risks. The concept behind insurance is that a group of people exposed to similar risk come together and make contributions towards formation of a pool of funds. In case a person actually suffers a loss on account of such risk, he is compensated out of the same pool of funds. Contribution to the pool is made by a group of people sharing common risks and collected by the insurance companies in the form of premiums.

It is a promise of compensation for specific potential future losses in exchange for a periodic payment. Insurance is designed to protect the financial well-being of an individual, company or other entity in the case of unexpected loss. Some forms of insurance are required by law, while others are optional. When parties agree the terms of an insurance policy, a contract created between the insured and the insurer. In exchange for payments from the insured (called premiums), the insurer agrees to pay the policyholder a sum of money upon the occurrence of a specific event.  In most cases, the policy holder pays part of the loss (called the deductible), and the insurer pays the rest. Examples include car insurance, health insurance, disability, life, and business.

Insurance is a guaranty of partial or complete indemnity against a financial loss that will result if an event of a specified kind occurs.

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