The Exeter releases its annual claims statistics, revealing that 96% of income protection claims were paid in 2023, totalling £11.3m in payouts for members

The Exeter releases its annual claims statistics, revealing that 96% of income protection claims were paid in 2023, totalling £11.3m in payouts for members
The Exeter releases its annual claims statistics, revealing that 96% of income protection claims were paid in 2023, totalling £11.3m in payouts for members

UK protection and health insurer, The Exeter, has today released its annual claims data across its income protection, health insurance, and life insurance offerings for 2023, revealing that £11.3m was paid out to its income protection members over the year.

Overall, 93% of insurance claims across The Exeter’s full offering resulted in payouts. According to the insurer’s internal data, 96% of income protection claims were successful, alongside 92% of health insurance claims and 90% of life insurance claims. In total, the insurer paid out £41.2m to its members last year.

Monetary value of claims in 2023

In 2023, The Exeter paid out more to its income protection and health insurance members than in 2022. The total payout for income protection claims grew from £9.9m in 2022 to £11.3m in 2023, while the total payout for health insurance claims increased from £25.4m in 2022 to £28.4m in 2023.

During 2023, a total of £1.5m was paid out to life insurance claimants; this includes payouts for death claims and terminal illness claims.

Reasons for claim

In 2023, the most common reasons given for an income protection claim were musculoskeletal conditions (42.8%), hip & knee disorders (10.5%), and mental health conditions (7.5%).

A similar trend was seen in the health insurance data for 2023. The most common reasons for health claims by volume were musculoskeletal conditions & connective tissue disorders (30%), followed by cancer related claims (23%).

Reasons for non-payment

The Exeter made 1,140 final decisions on new income protection claims in 2023. Where the insurer could not pay (40 claims in total), the most common reason was due to misrepresentation (68%). This is where questions were not answered correctly at the point of application, leading to a different underwriting outcome being made.

The life insurance data reflected a similar trend. In 2023, The Exeter made 39 final decisions on life insurance claims for Death and Terminal Illness. Where The Exeter was unable to pay (four claims in total), this was due to fraud or misrepresentation.

The outlook for consumer confidence

The Exeter’s annual data reflects its long-term commitment to building trust with consumers. Last year, the insurer’s Health & Financial Fears research found that only six in ten UK workers (58%) were confident that an insurance company would pay out on a claim. However, The Exeter in fact paid 93% of all claims in 2023, with many industry peers reporting similar levels. This discrepancy makes clear that there are still significant misconceptions amongst UK consumers which may be preventing them from taking out valuable insurance policies.

Indeed, The Exeter has revealed that the average claim duration for a full-term Income Protection policy was 88 weeks, equivalent to over 1.5 years of support provided to the claimant. As of 2024, the longest-running claim at The Exeter has been paid for over 26 years, with over £320,000 paid out in that time.

Claire Hird, Customer Service Director at The Exeter, commented:

“The number of claims we paid in 2023 highlights the value of health, income protection and life insurance and the important role played by financial advisers in recommending these products to their clients.

Every claim we pay provides valuable peace of mind to a member and we are delighted with the percentage of claims that we have paid in the last 12 months. Where we have been unable to pay, we are committed to working closely with advisers to reduce the reasons for this and hope to see instances of misrepresentation continue to reduce.

Looking ahead we are continuing our exciting transformational journey at The Exeter which will see us further enhance the services that we offer our members, including at the point of claim. These changes, combined with the knowledge of our expert claims’ assessors and our strong history of paying claims, means that we are confident of offering standout claims experiences for our members across the health and protection markets.”



Notes to Editors

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About The Exeter

The Exeter is a leading protection and healthcare insurer who have been supporting UK families in the event of ill health or injury since 1888.

Formerly known as the Exeter Friendly Society and Pioneer Friendly Society, The Exeter is a mutual friendly society. This means it’s owned by members and run for their benefit, rather than shareholders.

The Exeter is a trading name of Exeter Friendly Society Limited, which is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Register number 205309) and is incorporated under the Friendly Societies Act 1992 Register No. 91F with its registered office at Lakeside House, Emperor Way, Exeter, England EX1 3FD.