What is insurance?

Insurance is based upon the principle of aiding another from a loss caused by an unfortunate event. Some writers have maintained that mutual insurance is as old as society itself. It seems that benevolent societies organized for the purpose of extending aid to their unfortunate members from a fund contributed by all, have been in existence from the earliest times. They existed among the Egyptians, the Chinese, the Hindus, and the Romans and are known to have been established among the Greeks as early as the third century before Christians.

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