Who says insurance is a dull subject? Either way we all consider it a necessity, we all know more or less the basics of the subject, unless that’s your line of work. In that case, I truly hope you know more. But it’s a fact that insurance can change your life. If it’s proper – for the better, if it’s not – for the worse.
Let’s see some fun facts about insurance and the companies that offer it. I can insure you, khm, assure you that you’ll enjoy them.
1) INSURANCE IN THE NETHERLANDS
People in the Netherlands have to have private insurance. This is the only country in the world that has imposed this law onto its citizens. The average insurance costs around €100 a month. It’s determined by income, instead of age or health status.
2) JACKIE CHAN’S INSURANCE
Jackie Chan’s insurance is… non-existent. No insurance company would underwrite his productions. He has to personally train and cover the medical bills of his stuntmen. Poor guy, with the stunt he’s pulling, I bet his medical bills are the size of Russia.
3) GOOD GUY AFLAC
The American insurance company Aflac has been chosen and rated as one of the most ethical insurance companies for 7 years straight. Now that’s the kind of a company you’d like to get insurance from.
4) INSURANCE PAYS FOR SUICIDES
Where if not Japan? Japan encourages people to kill themselves so that their families could live in comfort. Hence, the oh-so-high suicide rate in Japan.
5) DESPERATE MEASURES
Before parting, the Apollo Astronauts couldn’t qualify for life insurance, and NASA didn’t cover their insurance either. With no way out, they resorted to ‘insurance autographs’. Or simply said, they signed autographs expecting that if something went wrong, their value would skyrocket (pun intended).
6) MONEY MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND
Iran eliminated its kidney transplant waiting list in 1988 by legalizing living non-related donations. This means that any person who wants to donate a kidney can donate it (like donating blood). In return they get financial compensation and health insurance.
7) HALLOWEEN FREAKS
Halloween candy poisoning is real. There has been only one documented case ever. A father killing his son with a cyanide candy to win insurance money. He’s known as ‘The Man Who Killed Halloween‘.
Also, you might want to learn more about Why Chinese Drivers Intentionally Kill Pedestrians Once They’ve Hit Them.
8) AMERICANS ALWAYS FIND A WAY
Americans who don’t have insurance sometimes buy antibiotics for fish. They are the same grade as those for humans, and the same dosage. The only difference is, for the fish ones you don’t need a prescription. Now don’t get any crazy ideas, okay?
9) TALKING ABOUT AMERICANS…
Many citizens of the United States who need mental health services never actually get it. Wondering why? Because seeking help could disqualify them for receiving life insurance.
10) AND FINISHING OFF WITH THEM AS WELL
62% of all bankruptcies in the USA are due to medical bills. Almost all of these people had health insurance, but went bankrupt anyway because of co-payments or deductibles. Others got so sick to the point of losing their jobs, and as a result, losing their insurance.