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Most LTCI policies are SOLD… not Bought!

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By Dr. David Edward Marcinko MBA CMP

To be sure, physicians and Financial Advisors are aware that there is a sometime need to recommend a LTCI policy to clients. Of course, in such cases, it is a good idea to work with a low load provider (or the physician or client’s agent).

The Need?

Yet, most LTCI policies are sold by insurance agents for big commissions; not bought, and that most statistics used to sell LTCI policies are fear-based and half-truths. I know, as I was a licensed insurance agent for more than a decade.

Even the Department of Health and Human Services [DHHS] gets into the fear mongering on their website quoting that “about 70 percent of people over age 65 require some type of long-term care services during their lifetime”


Department of Health and Human Services

This may be a deceptive statistic as it omits the length of long-term care needed in these 70% of cases. And, it is not 3+ years in all these cases [our estimate is closer to 2.5]. With the stamp of approval by the Supreme Court of the United States SCOTUS on the PP-ACA, we may be looking at social LTCI in the US like other social medicine countries and give up on private LTCI insurance altogether.

Other Countries

Germany introduced mandatory long-term care insurance in 1995. Japan and France also have a LTCI tax funded insurance plan. And, the poor utilization and growing risks associated with long-term care insurance, are leading a growing number of insurance agents, financial advisors and Certified Medical Planners™ to recommend alternatives to their clients.





To be a thought-leader ahead of the curve, the newest aging trend is away from LTCI and toward sheltering at home – living at home and dying at home. Perhaps, this is the way it should be.

Dying should not be a for-profit industry.



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