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7 Reasons Why Your Business Should Offer Private Medical Insurance

In Employee Benefits, Healthcare, Insurance by Raina Dhillon

With more people than ever waiting for routine operations on the NHS, and many trusts finding it impossible to treat 92% of patients within 18 weeks, the role of private medical insurance (PMI) has never been more relevant. As a business owner, you may already offer your employees private medical insurance, but if you’re an employer or business owner who …

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Employers Being Short-Sighted When It Comes To Employee Eye Care

In Business, Employee Benefits, Healthcare by Stephen Ellis

Nine out of 10 British businesses are failing to meet their legal responsibilities to protect their employees’ sight, a new survey shows. According to the study commissioned by the charity Eye Health UK and Vision Express Opticians, 85% of office workers report suffering symptoms of screen fatigue, such as eyestrain and headaches, as well as problems with close and long-distance …

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Number Of Patients Waiting For Elective Treatment On The NHS Has Risen 4.6% In A Year

In Healthcare, Industry News, Insurance by Paul Howell

The number of people waiting for elective treatment on the NHS has risen by 4.6% in just one year. Today, 4.4 million individuals are currently waiting for elective treatment, which is a procedure or surgery that is chosen by the patient or physician because it is advantageous to the former, but not necessarily urgent. Of these patients, one in seven …

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A Short Guide To Company Health Insurance

In Business, Healthcare, Insurance by Paul Connolly

Unfortunately, employees get sick and experience injuries from time to time. For employers, it’s an inevitable part of running a business. But if staff illness and injury are not handled correctly, they can be very costly. On average, health-related absenteeism and presenteeism cause employers to lose 35.6 working days annually per employee. This absence equates to a staggering £61 billion …

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Younger People With Dementia Face Financial Worries & Lack Of Support

In Family, Healthcare, Insurance by Stephen Ellis

While dementia is a condition that typically tends to affect people over the age of 65, it is not unheard of for it to impact younger individuals too, with early onset of the disease sometimes beginning when people are in their 30s, 40s and 50s. But, unfortunately, there is less funding and support available for younger people with dementia, and …

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Excess Body Fat Linked To Increased Depression Risk

In Healthcare, Industry News, Mental Health by Paul Howell

Obesity is complex and having excess body fat is something that is not just a cosmetic concern. The bottom line is obesity is a medical problem and it increases a person’s risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, certain cancers and other health problems. But now new research suggests that carrying excess body fat also increases a person’s risk …

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Mindfulness Apps Help Boost Mental Health, Survey Finds

In Healthcare, In The Press, Mental Health by Paul Howell

New research shows that more than eight in 10 people (86%) find mindfulness apps beneficial for improving their overall mental wellbeing. According to the research from Vitality, more than half (56%) of respondents said they use mindfulness apps to help relieve stress, while just under half (49%) use them to improve their mental health. More than a third (34%) of …

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Why SMEs Should Be Offering Private Medical Cover To Their Employees

In Business, Employee Benefits, Healthcare by Tom McGuinness

Paid private health insurance is the number one insurance benefit employees want the most, new research reveals. According to the survey of 1,000 SME workers by Drewberry, nearly a third of employees (31.3%) want private medical cover, which puts the perk second to only flexible hours, cited by 42.3% of respondents. The ability to work from home and life insurance …

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NHS Crisis Continues: Record A&E Attendances & Longest-Ever Waiting Times

In Healthcare, In The Press, Industry News by Paul Howell

New NHS data reveals record numbers of A&E patients, as well as the worst-ever waiting times for routine operations. Furthermore, the number of operations being cancelled is also on the rise and the number of patients waiting on a trolley for more than 12 hours has also increased since last year. According to the Society for Acute Medicine, the figures …

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Brits Will Work Beyond Retirement To Protect Their Health

In Healthcare, Industry News, Protection by Tom McGuinness

We recently wrote about how nearly three-quarters of UK employees plan to work beyond 65. It’s a sobering reality that highlights how an estimated 23 million individuals are planning to work beyond their 65th birthday because they feel the need to. Now, a new global survey by Aegon not only supports the findings of the study referenced in our previous …

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New Report Reveals The Costly Financial Impact Of Cancer

In Family, Healthcare, Individual, Industry News by Claire Ginnelly

As if the reality of receiving a cancer diagnosis wasn’t bad enough, new research suggests hundreds of thousands of UK cancer patients are also suffering financially. According to a new report from Macmillan Cancer Support, entitled ‘Cancer – a costly diagnosis’, four million people will be living with cancer by 2030. Furthermore, four out of five cancer sufferers are £570 …