Do I need Private Medical Insurance?

The number of people in Britain taking out private medical insurance has risen significantly for the first time since 2008 with just over 4 million people in the UK now having a private medical plan. What are the benefits of having private medical Insurance? A private medical insurance plan offers faster access to see a consultant and to have diagnostic tests from your initial GP referral, allowing for a speedy diagnosis and treatment plan, resulting in a better recovery time. Private patients benefit from the comfort of their own room- typically with en-suite facilities- in a hospital or clinic of their choosing. Similarly, if you enter into a Private Medical Insurance plan you will be able

Pancreatic Cancer will become the 4th deadliest cancer by 2026.

Pancreatic Cancer UK is this week warning that Pancreatic cancer will become the 4th biggest killer after lung, bowel and prostate cancers in Britain. According to Pancreatic Cancer UK it is predicted that 11, 278 people will die every year by 2026, a rise from 28% in 2014, due to late a diagnosis of the cancer. Up to a quarter of patients will live for a least 5 years if caught early enough, however due to a lack of medical breakthroughs, the majority of patients are being diagnosed too late to receive the surgery and treatments required. Resulting in only 8% of pancreatic cancer sufferers undergoing the surgery in time for any chance of catching the disease before it has spread. With arou

48% rank Private Medical Insurance in their top 3 most valued benefits.

Ellipse surveyed 1,005 employees from small to medium UK based businesses and found that 48% valued Private Medical Insurance as one of their most valued benefits. The study also found that 13% ranked childcare vouchers as one of their top 3 benefits, with cycle-to-work schemes ranking as one of the top with 8%. Chief executive at Ellipse, commented saying; “With a wide range of different employee benefits now available to employers, it’s important to invest in those benefits that employees really value. This survey shows that employees value benefits that protect their long-term health and provide them with financial security the most.” “These results, supplemented by an employer’s own rese

Make a date with your heart

Your other half may have the key to your heart, but a healthy lifestyle is the key to a healthy heart. Looking after your ticker doesn’t have to be for the faint hearted, set your heart on these easy tips. Eat healthily. Eat a well-balanced diet every day, try to include: 5 portions of fruit and veg, dairy products, such as milk and cheese. Starchy foods such wholegrain pastas, bread, rice and potatoes A source of protein; meat, fish, eggs and/or beans. Fats are an important part of our diet, including saturated, polyunsaturated and unsaturated fats. The bad fat that we need to avoid is trans-fat. This is the fat known to increase the risk of developing heart disease and having a stoke. Thes

Healthy Teeth; Healthy Body

It is said that your mouth is the window to our overall health. So not looking after your teeth really is bad news for the rest of your body. Infections in the mouth can be linked to major health problems all over your body, leading to a significant effect on the amount of time an employee is away from work. The British Dental Health Foundation found that 415,000 employees took time off work due to oral health, costing UK businesses a total of £36.6 million. Thus demonstrating the fact that dental benefits should not be overlooked in managing your company’s absences. Dr Nigel Carter OBE, Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation believes that; ‘if businesses placed as much of a

No More Sick Days

Around 350,000 of us will pull a sickie today. With the first Monday in February now getting a reputation as 'National Sickie Day', costing the UK economy a whooping £4.45m in lost wages, lost hours and over time. As an employer, the health of your employees is a huge factor in your company’s overall performance. Employees in good health can be up 3 times more motivated and productive than those in poor health. However, it is inevitable that some of your employees will be absent due to sickness and illness, with the average employee being off for 6.9 days a year. It is virtually impossible to eradicate staff sickness entirely but with absence costing small business a significant amount per y

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