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Smaller firms urged to cut absenteeism and boost staff satisfaction through private health insurance

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A business support organisation is urging smaller companies to consider taking out private medical insurance for their employees.


The Forum of Private Business believes countless small and medium-sized enterprises could save time and money by investing in a high-quality medical insurance scheme. Providing additional healthcare cover for staff is likely to save companies a significant amount of money by ensuring employees return to work as swiftly as possible after an illness or injury. The move is also likely to make the recruitment of desirable employees quicker, cheaper and easier thanks to the addition of a valuable benefit for workers. The Forum also believes that providing private healthcare cover for staff will lead to increased employee loyalty and satisfaction, leading to lower staff turnover and lower recruitment costs.


The Forum has teamed up with insurer WPA to offer discounted private medical insurance to Forum members. Nick Palin of The Forum says, "Employees often represent a business's greatest investment, so it makes sense for business owners to optimise this investment by reducing sickness absence and increasing staff retention. However, it is not just employers who should consider investing in private medical insurance. Owner managers are crucial to the day-to-day operation of their enterprises, so they too need to be able to return to work as quickly as possible after an illness or injury. Many bigger businesses have been able to offer private medical insurance for years thanks to their bulk buying power. Now, smaller businesses can access it at affordable rates too thanks to our deal with WPA."


The Forum already offers paying members discounted access to dental, optical and complimentary care for their staff through a healthcare cash plan in partnership with Health Shield, that offers 100% cash back for a wide variety of treatments.

Private medical insurance news: 10 February 2011