Calls for insurance industry to explain why they're asking life assurance applicants if they have had Covid-19

Representatives of the insurance industry are being urged to appear before the Oireachtas Finance committee to explain why life assurance applicants are being asked if they have had Covid-19

Cork Fine Gael Senator Tim Lombard has described the inclusion of the question as disproportionate when other respiratory illnesses or viruses are not checked for on the same forms.

A representative for umbrella group Insurance Ireland said the question was standard practice as when taking out a life assurance policy the existence or potential of any medical condition needs to be taken into consideration 

Senator Lombard has described it as a potential tax on frontline workers.

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