Health insurance

Where it was once a benefit restricted to senior management, access to private medical care has spread to the point where it is common practice in some industries to offer cover to all employees.

However, the cost of group health insurance is rising steadily.


Employers and workers join call to include benefits packages in job advertisements

19 Jul 2006

Full benefits package would differentiate firms from competitors.

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Herceptin launch could push up cost of private medical insurance for employers

22 Jun 2006

The cost of private medical insurance cover for employers may increase following the launch of breast cancer drug Herceptin next month.

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Insurance premium hike is unlikely despite drug costs

20 Jun 2006

Worries that company medical insurance premiums could rocket following the approval of breast cancer drug Herceptin are largely unfounded, according to a medical expert.

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Weekly dilemma… Health insurance and the over-60s

30 May 2006

Will older workers be excluded from compnay health schemes due to increase costs?

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Employees undervalue company medical insurance

30 Sep 2005

Survey reveals little understanding of the cost of individual private medical insurance, or its value as a benefit

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Mobile phone firm 3 signs Bupa deal

29 Sep 2005

Mobile operator 3 has signed up private healthcare provider Bupa to look after the health and wellbeing of its 2,400 UK staff

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US employers pass on high health insurance costs to overweight staff

8 Aug 2005

Many overweight US workers are paid less than slimmer counterparts in the same jobs to cover the cost of health insurance, according to research.

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UK employers provide health insurance for 3.5 million staff

1 Jun 2005

More than 3.5 million UK employees now have private health insurance, according to research from consultancy Towers Perrin.

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Kids set the example for healthier eating

17 May 2005

A healthy body means a healthy mind (You are what you eat, Personnel Today, 3 May). It shouldn’t take a...

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Minimising the risks involved in providing PHI

17 May 2005

Sarah-Marie Williams of Clyde & Co explains how to minimise the risks involved in providing permanent health insurance (PHI) for employees on long-term sick leave

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NHS trusts failing to provide staff with counselling services

7 Apr 2005

Sara Bean reports from the RCN Society of Occupational Health conference, Telford International Centre, Telford, 23-24 November

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Company car fails to impress in employee benefit stakes

6 Apr 2005

Healthcare plans and additional holiday have overtaken company cars as the most popular employee benefits, research reveals.

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Employers increasingly offering private medical benefits to all

21 Mar 2005

Despite the spiralling cost of private medical care, more employers now offer subsidised medical benefits to all staff, not just managers and senior employees

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Same-sex couples to receive employment benefits

9 Mar 2005

Same-sex couples will be allowed the same employment benefits as married employees from December, under legislation to be introduced later this year.

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Health insurer offers cheaper deal to the fit

5 Oct 2004

A health insurer is to offer lower premiums to people who work out regularly at the gym.

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