Specialist providers of company medical insurance, (one such example is Drewberry Business Health Insurance) may typically help you provide company health insurance for your employees.
The question is – why should you do so? What are the advantages and who benefits?
In a sense, there are two ways to look the question:
- what are the advantages for the organisation providing such cover?
- what does having the benefit of this protection do for an employee?
The providing company
Whatever the background economic climate might be, employers typically know only too well that it is never easy to attract the right sort of employees.
Once you have done so, there is then an entirely separate challenge called employee retention. In other words, how do you go about ensuring that your best people stay with you rather than head off to join somebody else?
In both cases, the relationship between employer and employee might prove to be critical in terms of securing the right people and then persuading them to stay. As part of that, you might need to convince applicants and employees that there is more to your relationship than a simple set of contractual obligations on both parties.
One approach to achieving that is to provide ancillary benefits that show a degree of concern for things such as their wellbeing.
By providing corporate health insurance, you are communicating to them that you recognise that ill health may strike anyone at any time and should such a thing happen, you would like them to be able to obtain help from you to get access to the fastest possible consultation and treatment.
In essence, this is about cementing the relationship between employer and employee. It is not the only such step you may need to take, yet it might prove to be an important one.
All of us experience, at one time or another, some concern over our health or that of our loved ones.
In such a situation, the occasional delays and waiting lists of the NHS for anything other than critical treatment may prove to be considerably stressful and mean we might struggle to focus on things around us such as our job.
In those circumstances, many people may welcome being able to obtain a GP referral to a private treatment processes in order to allow them to get back to their normal way of life as fast as possible.
Having such a benefit available from their employer might save them the complexities of needing to deal with their own private insurance provider and the net effect may be a considerable degree of additional peace of mind.
The bottom line is clear. There may be huge direct and indirect benefits for both employers and employees in a situation where corporate health insurance is provided as part of a package of remuneration.
It might be worth finding out more.