loss ratio


Definition of loss ratio

: the ratio between insurance losses incurred and premiums earned during a given period

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However, during UnitedHealth’s earnings call, analysts focused on the insurance unit’s medical-loss ratio, which reflects the share of premiums that goes toward medical costs. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "UnitedHealth Sales Rise Across Segments," 15 Jan. 2019 Anthem’s medical loss ratio, or the share of premiums spent on health costs, was slightly worse than analysts’ expectations for the third quarter, according to early notes from analysts. Anna Wilde Mathews, WSJ, "Anthem Reports Earnings Growth, Raises Outlook," 31 Oct. 2018 Medical loss ratios began to decline in 2016 and showed even more improvement last year, according to a January report by KFF researchers Cynthia Cox, Ashley Semanskee and Larry Levitt. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Half of Americans think Obamacare marketplaces are crumbling," 3 Apr. 2018 Their medical loss ratios, which is the share of premiums paid out as claims, have recently started to improve and their gross margins per member are also rising, according to an analysis last week from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Democrats are no longer touting the benefits of Obamacare," 24 May 2018 Between the mentoring before and during the life of the loan and shrewd evaluations of ideas and of people, First Capital has a 2 percent loss ratio that any banker would envy, Anderson said. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "American Indians come to Hales Corners with ideas and business savvy," 9 Jan. 2018 Insurers’ average medical loss ratio—the ratio of claims paid to premiums received—was about 75% in the first quarter of 2017, compared with 86% for first quarter of 2016 and 88% for the same period in 2015, the study found. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Senate Republicans Set Sights on Revised Health Bill," 10 July 2017 This calls into question whether AIG can hit Mr. Hancock’s target of a loss ratio of 62% by the fourth quarter. Aaron Back, WSJ, "New CEO Needs to Solve AIG’s Old Problems," 2 Aug. 2017

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1926, in the meaning defined above

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loss ratio

loss ra·​tio | \ -ˈrā-ˌshō, -ˈrā-shē-ˌō\

Legal Definition of loss ratio

: the ratio between insurance losses incurred and premiums earned during a given period

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