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Posted on January 15, 2020 at 3:30 AM

Twenty-five years ago, Zeke Emanuel and Peggy Battin estimated that widespread access to MAID would save $1 billion (in 2020 dollars).

This was a high estimate, because (among other reasons) they assumed a MAID usage rate between 2.7% and 7.0%. In fact, experience shows that even their lower bound is six times higher than the U.S. rate (though 60% of the Dutch rate).

A new article in the Jan/Feb 2020 issue of Contingencies assesses MAID cost savings for actuaries. The author concludes: “Statistically speaking, assisted suicides are currently a non-factor for life and pension actuaries.” It is “very unlikely that actuaries working in pension or life will have to account much for this trend.”

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