AEGON has launched a six-month physiotherapy pilot for its income protection customers. Customers who have symptoms associated with a musculoskeletal condition can undergo a series of free physiotherapy sessions with the aim of helping them to return to work sooner. Symptoms of the condition include back pain, joint injuries or repetitive strain injuries.
The rehabilitation service is provided through RehabWorks, a specialist provider of return to work treatment services that has a network of physiotherapists throughout the UK. Customers will be offered a three to six week physiotherapy programme depending on the severity of their condition. Additional advice and guidance will also be offered. Treatment through RehabWorks will be free for customers and will be complimentary to any NHS treatment received.
Matt Rann at AEGON says, "A musculoskeletal condition is one of the most common reasons for a customer making a claim, and by providing this rehabilitation service free of charge to our customers we are giving them the best possible chance of returning to part-time or full time employment quicker. The physiotherapist will call our customer at a time convenient to them and discuss the most appropriate course of action suitable for them. Once the defined period of physiotherapy has finished the results will be sent to both the claims assessor and their GP who will agree the best way forward."
The physiotherapy course will not be compulsory for customers with a musculoskeletal condition and refusal to participate will not affect the decision of a claim being met.
During the initial six-month pilot AEGON will assess the success of the programme in helping people to return to work, and then hope to roll out the service permanently.
Income protection insurance: News update: 22 March 2010