Tagged: insurance

Why New Zealanders are vulnerable to genetic discrimination in health and life insurance - News

Guest Author Sep 28, 2021

Jane Tiller, Monash University and Andrew Shelling, University of Auckland   Genetic testing is increasingly used as part of routine healthcare to determine a patient’s risk for some conditions, including certain cancers. But insurers can use genetic test results to refuse cover or increase premiums. This is called genetic discrimination — the use of someone’s genetic information to treat them … Read More

Who’s to blame when driverless cars have an accident? - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 21, 2018

Raja Jurdak, CSIRO and Salil S. Kanhere, UNSW The news that an Uber self-driving vehicle has killed a pedestrian in the US has made headlines around the world. It’s a reminder that the era of self-driving cars is fast approaching. Decades of research into advanced sensors, mapping, navigation and control methods have now come to … Read More

Earthquake anniversaries - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Feb 22, 2018

Seventh anniversary of the Christchurch earthquakes. GNS figures there’s about a 1/120 annual risk of something of similar size hitting Wellington: 0.833%. Recovery here will be much harder than in Christchurch. There are few local options for firms to relocate to while downtown is torn down and possibly rebuilt. There are few transit routes in and out. The airport could … Read More

Compensating organ donors - The Dismal Science

Eric Crampton Dec 01, 2016

It is illegal to pay organ donors for their gift. Economists can easily explain the consequences: at a price of zero, you have a big shortage. This is particularly the case for live donors, where donors face real personal costs, both in the transplant process and in recuperation. Chris Bishop’s bill, which passed Third Reading in the House yesterday, … Read More

Assessing the Insurance Council claims - The Dismal Science

Bill Kaye-Blake Dec 12, 2012

The Insurance Council of New Zealand (ICNZ) issued a press release that the Dominion Post turned  into a piece on the op-ed page (but hasn’t loaded on the website, to my knowledge). The main message is that complaints about insurance companies in Christchurch aren’t accurate. I’m not sure the ICNZ arguments actually stack up. Let [...] … Read More

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