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Healthcare is moving from reactive to preventative as new technology allows for speedier diagnoses than ever before. This is good news for employers and employees, writes David Bourne.
Employer attitudes towards employee healthcare have undergone a profound shift in the past five years. Long gone are the days when the primary focus was private medical insurance (PMI) and on getting employees back to work after a period of illness. This curative mindset has given way to a preventative one – where the goal is helping to stop employees from becoming sick in the first place.
Achieving this relies on employees taking full advantage of the healthcare benefits they are offered. By encouraging them to use their benefits, employers can – to the best of their ability – ensure that any possible health problems are caught early, and the resulting risks minimised. Technology, and the ongoing digitalisation of healthcare, is proving a vital tool in making this change.
More than a minor niggle
Employees are time-poor, and there is a temptation to dismiss minor health concerns as being too trivial to warrant a missed hour at work and potential long wait in the doctor’s surgery.
However, no matter