Marius Barnard

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Marius Barnard (Born: ??) Is a South African cardiac surgeon and inventor of critical illness insurance.[1]

Barnard was a member of the team, headed by his brother Christiaan Barnard, that performed the worlds first human-to-human heart transplant.[2] Barnard was motivated by the financial hardship he saw his patients suffer after he had treated their critical illnesses to convince the South African insurance companies to introduce a new type of insurance to cover critical illnesses. Barnard argued that, as a medical doctor, he can repair a man physically, but only insurers can repair a patient's finances.[3] On the 6 October 1983 the first critical illness insurance policy was launched.[4]

Marius Barnard was a member of the South African parliament between 1980 and 1989, in the party that opposed apartheid. He is currently semi-retired, acting as a technical consultant for Scottish Widows.[5] Barnard has received many awards for his contributions to medicine and humanity, and was voted in the top 25 most influential people in the field of health insurance and protection.[6]

See Also

External Links

Critical Illness Insurance: Past, present and future

References

  1. "Heart to Heart" (PDF), CoverTen, Incisive Financial Publishing, pp. 11–12, 29, 10 October 2007 Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. "Heart to Heart" (PDF), CoverTen, Incisive Financial Publishing, p. 29, 10 October 2007 Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. HEALTH INSURANCE (PDF), 1996, p. 78
  4. Critical Illness Insurance: Past, present and future (PDF), April 2004
  5. "Heart to Heart" (PDF), CoverTen, Incisive Financial Publishing, p. 29, 10 October 2007 Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. "Heart to Heart" (PDF), CoverTen, Incisive Financial Publishing, pp. 27, 29, 10 October 2007 Unknown parameter |month= ignored (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)

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