life insurance exam

How do life insurance applicants feel about the exam process?

by Kem Snavely Frost on February 7, 2020

You want to know. We want to know. What do your life insurance applicants think about the exam portion of the application process? After every exam, applicants have the opportunity to tell us by completing our online survey. This is what they had to say.

Convenient exam locations

In 2019, almost 40,000 life insurance applicants completed our post-exam survey. When asked why they chose to have their exam performed at home, an exam site or at their workplace, 57% said they chose the location based on convenience. To offer more options to applicants we are continually growing the exam center network. The recent addition of 820 Quest Patient Service Centers (PSC) provides life insurers and applicants with access to 2,300 exam centers nationwide and adds more than 74,000 weekly appointment times.

Our analysis also found that exams scheduled at an exam center were, on average, completed 90% of the time, compared to 73% for mobile exams. Additionally, exams were completed in less than 11 days at in-center locations, compared to over 12 days for mobile.

“I enjoyed the convenience of having several options for my appointment so it would fit my schedule.” – Life insurance applicant

This expansion of locations and appointment times, in addition to online scheduling tools and less stringent fasting restrictions before exams, gives your applicants more choices than ever before.

Quality examiners

Our examiners represent ExamOne and our life insurance clients every day when interacting with life insurance applicants. It’s important that they provide superior customer service to individuals taking the important step of protecting their family with life insurance. Our survey results show the majority of your clients are happy with their experiences.

  • 94% said the examiner explained the process prior to the exam
  • 95% said the examiner was on time
  • 98% said the examiner was courteous and professional

“My examiner was a pleasure to deal with! I really enjoyed my experience with his genuinely kind personality and positive attitude. Afterward, I told my coworkers that’s it’s nice to still have people in the world who care about others.” – Life insurance applicant

Online laboratory results

A “surprise” benefit for many applicants after their life insurance exam is the access to their laboratory results online.* The secure, comprehensive, and easy-to-understand online tool helps consumers become more aware of their health status. Common feedback from the post-exam experience is a positive reaction about access to this valuable personal health data.

“So much useful medical info about each metric helps non-medical professionals understand the significance of each. This is the best medical results portal I have seen so far!” – Life insurance applicant

“This was the first time I have ever received lab results that were comprehensive and detailed, and easy to interpret. I was impressed mainly with the side chart/information explaining the different tests: liver, pancreas, etc. This was very helpful and helped me understand the true results of my blood work. Thank you.” – Life insurance applicant

Survey results reinforce the positive impact that consumers report on access to their online laboratory results:

  • 95% said the instructions for accessing my online laboratory results were clear and easy to understand.
  • 96% said the way that my information was displayed allowed me to easily understand the data.
  • 93% said the access to online results causes me to view my insurance carrier more favorably.

ExamOne (and clients) want to know what every applicant thinks of their experience so we can use that information to ensure a satisfying life insurance exam process. Our online survey with applicant feedback captures this data so we know what we did well and where there can be improvement.

*Subject to carrier participation

2,300 exam centers to be available to life insurance applicants this fall

In the quest to improve the life insurance applicant experience, ExamOne is continuing to open up more appointment options through our nationwide network of Patient Service Centers (PSC). Throughout  2018 and into 2019, we grew our existing network to 1,500 exam centers, creating more than 15,000 additional weekly appointment times. This fall, the number of exam centers will increase to approximately 2,300 exam centers, dramatically increasing afternoon appointment availability.

“I enjoyed the convenience of having several options for my appointment so it would fit my schedule.” – Life insurance applicant

Consumers tell us that they appreciate the convenience of more exam locations and appointment times. As the process is simplified, the idea of obtaining life insurance can appeal to more individuals. This expansion of locations and appointment times, in addition to online scheduling tools and less stringent fasting restrictions before exams, gives applicants more choices than ever before.

“Our customers and applicants trust the established clinic and professional reputation of Quest Diagnostics.”
– Rick Kingcade, ExamOne Chief Operating Officer

“As part of Quest Diagnostics, we are the only service provider in our field with a national network of fixed-site locations, and leveraging those locations for life insurance applicants elevates ExamOne to a level of service unparalleled in our industry. Our customers and applicants trust the established clinic and professional reputation of Quest Diagnostics,” said Rick Kingcade, ExamOne Chief Operating Officer.

As the exam center footprint expands, so do applicants’ options. Consumers now have more choices than before and fewer reasons not to complete the life insurance application process. Find exam center locations at ExamOne.com/Locations.

3 top life insurance videos: Showing you how to enhance the examination experience

April 30, 2019 Applicants

Savvy consumers research big purchases, like life insurance, online. With YouTube considered the 2nd most-used search engine, many are finding this information in video format. In addition to research, studies show that 90% of customers said videos helped them make buying decisions. Increased traffic and views of ExamOne’s video content on the ExamOne YouTube page […]

Read the full article →

Recent scheduling enhancements place an emphasis on the applicant experience

March 18, 2019 Brokers

ScheduleNow™ is a modern scheduling platform that helps speed up the application process. All ExamOne clients can take advantage of ScheduleNow’s capabilities, national coverage, and flexibility. Recent improvements to the scheduling platform allow users to quickly identify the best days and times to schedule appointments. If an examiner or exam center is not available, the […]

Read the full article →

Customer survey update: How customer feedback empowers innovation

March 12, 2019 Brokers

Using feedback from our customer survey, we’ve put together six action plan teams to address key opportunities our customers highlighted. Find out what they’re working on now.

Read the full article →

2017 Applicant Survey Results: Making life insurance exams easier for applicants

April 17, 2018 #Committed2 You

  At ExamOne we are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of our services and give your applicants a happier exam experience. One invaluable way for us to identify customer expectations, measure satisfaction levels, and uncover specific areas for improvement to the life insurance exam experience is through survey responses received from your […]

Read the full article →

Three ways we put people first during the exam

January 2, 2018 Carriers

ExamOne is committed to developing solutions that not only assist our clients and partners in meeting their business goals, but also enable individuals to become better informed about their health and empower them to lead the lives they want to live. That’s why we take great care in fine-tuning our exam experience so it is […]

Read the full article →

Let us be your extended new business team

December 1, 2017 #Committed2 You

Our Brokerage Sales team is committed to growing your business and the applicant’s experience. We look forward to working with you and your organization this year. Feel free to contact our dedicated team for more information.   Melanie Carter | Vice President, Sales Melanie has been an active professional in the insurance industry, servicing the paramedical needs for […]

Read the full article →

Applicants want to see our commitment to them

June 15, 2017 Carriers

Transparency:  characterized by visibility or accessibility of information especially concerning business practices. I recently came across an article on my LinkedIn news feed posted by LIMRA – “What kind of experience do consumers want when buying life insurance.” I was excited to gain this applicant insight because: 1) The MIB index showed three consecutive months […]

Read the full article →

Welcoming busy applicants with choice and convenience

January 18, 2017 Applicants

Location, location, location. This is a common catch phrase in real estate, but it’s also becoming more important to life insurance applicants as well. In today’s busy and very mobile society, consumers—including life insurance applicants—want options that best meet their on-the-go lifestyles. To meet this growing consumer demand, ExamOne gives applicants a choice when deciding […]

Read the full article →