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Dr. Marius BarnardDr. Marius Barnard

Dr. Barnard (Nov. 3, 1927 – Nov. 14, 2014) was a South African cardiac surgeon and the inventor of critical illness insurance.

He was a member of the team headed by his brother Christiaan Barnard who performed the world’s first human-to human heart transplantation in 1967. Dr. Barnard was motivated by the financial hardship he saw his patients suffer to convince the South African insurance companies to introduce a new type of insurance. He argued that, as a medical doctor, he could repair a man physically, but only insurers could repair a patient’s finances. Just over 30 years ago, on Oct. 6, 1983, the first critical illness insurance policy was launched.

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I started the idea of grading or staging the payment of the insurance product. And now I see you've perfected it. Well done. Video Thumbnail 1 The most important part of medicine is prevention. Video Thumbnail 2 The unbelievable thing that you do, is not only look after the prevention and treatment, but also the rehabilitation and education of your clients. Video Thumbnail 3

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