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Report Reveals Impact Of Stress-Related Conditions On Health Systems

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Healthcare by Stephen Ellis

Britons are stressed and it’s costing the NHS exorbitant sums to deal with, a new report suggests. According to research by the Cigna and Asia Care Group, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Brits suffer from stress, and stress-related illnesses accounted for more than 68 million GP appointments, 3 million emergency department visits, 9 million outpatient attendances and 5.5 million inpatient admissions. …

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Employee Assistance Programmes: High Impact And Cost Effective

In Business, Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness by Stephen Ellis

Employee Assistance Programmes (EAPs) are designed to support employees with work and life challenges. The death of a loved one, the end of a long-term relationship and even workplace personality conflicts are all examples of issues covered by EAPs. Over the years, EAPs have been developing at a rapid rate. Indeed, according to the Institute for Employment Studies (IES), access …

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Obesity & Cancer – Are You Prepared For A Critical Illness?

In Family, Healthcare, Industry News by Stephen Ellis

A new study has warned that rising levels of obesity will result in more people developing cancer and dying prematurely. According to researchers from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark, being overweight or obese increases the risk of getting any type of cancer by 12%. This includes leukaemia, breast cancer, kidney cancer, gallbladder cancer, brain cancer and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. For the …

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Out Of Touch Health Support: Why Employers Risk Damaging Retention & Productivity

In Employee Benefits, Health and Wellness, Mental Health by Raina Dhillon

A significant disconnect exists between how employers view the health and wellness support they offer and the perceptions of employees. This is one of the main findings of a new report by a global health benefits provider and it’s a reality that is said to be negatively impacting productivity. According to research by Aetna International, despite the vast majority of …

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Why Private Medical Insurance?

In Family, Healthcare, Individual by Paul Connolly

While UK residents can take advantage of the National Health Service (NHS), which is free at the point of use, there are times when individuals and families feel the need to safeguard their health with additional protection products. One such protection product is Private Medical Insurance (PMI), also referred to as health insurance, but what is it, why do you …

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Long-Term UK Care Provisions Falling Behind Other Countries

In Family, Healthcare, Individual by Stephen Ellis

Taking a look at the worrying signs as the UK falls behind other comparable nations when it comes to long-term care provisions. The UK is not keeping up with other nations when it comes to the provision of long-term care, a new analysis has revealed. According to the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) – which …

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The Delicate Issue Of Cancer Cover & Group PMI

In Employee Benefits, Group Income Protection, Healthcare by Tom Pullinger

Cancer survival rates are higher than ever, having doubled in the last 40 years, according to Cancer Research UK. In fact, the charity says 50% of people diagnosed with cancer in England and Wales survive their disease for 10 years or more (2010-11). One of the main reasons why cancer survival rates have improved so significantly is because of the …

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Employer Considerations For An Increasingly Age-Diverse Workforce

In Business, Employee Benefits, Protection by Tom McGuinness

5 things for employers to consider when managing an increasingly age-diverse workforce. For employers, offering the right employee benefits can be tricky. After all, today’s workforce is more age diverse than ever, with sometimes five different generations of workers in one company. Indeed, data from the Office for National Statistics shows that more than 24% of people living in the …

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Sickness Absence Is Severely Impacting UK SMEs But Uptake Of Protection Remains Low

In Business, Group Income Protection, Protection by Tom Pullinger

UK SMES are being severely impacted by sickness absence, a new study has found, yet a huge number are still overlooking financial products that could benefit both them and their employees. According to the survey from benefits provider Unum, 44% of UK SMEs said they have had at least one employee absent for four weeks or more in the last …

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Millennials Most Likely To Be Absent Over Christmas (But Not Because Of Hangovers)

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Paul Connolly

While Christmas is usually associated with love, happiness and presents, research suggests it’s a time of year when a significant number of employees struggle to cope and take unplanned absence from work as a result. As the pressures of juggling family, health and care demands, as well as work commitments increases over the festive period, so too does the number …

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What Are Health Cash Plans And Should You Get One?

In Family, Healthcare, Individual by Tom McGuinness

If you’re the type of person who frequently spends money on routine medical costs, such as prescriptions or dentist and opticians appointments, a health cash plan could help you save money. Unlike most other insurance products that cover unforeseen events, health cash plans help you spread the cost of routine healthcare. What are health cash plans? In short, a health …

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Why Employers Need To Engage Their Gen X Employees

In Business, Employee Benefits, Industry News by Raina Dhillon

Much focus is being placed by companies on pleasing their millennial workforce, with employee benefits packages often being tailored to appeal to this cohort. But while this is obviously a good thing for this generation of employees, companies are running the risk of alienating another important part of their workforce: the Generation Xers. Gen X is the hardest working demographic …