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Employees call for private healthcare

Almost half of all employees would like their employer to provide private healthcare benefits, says a YouGov survey.

Commissioned by the Business Action on Health campaign from Business in the Community, the survey found that 43 per cent of employees wanted private healthcare benefits, second only to being able to take an annual “duvet day” at 48 per cent.

Physical activity programmes such as discounted gym membership received 38 per cent of the vote and 36 per cent of those questioned cited informal relaxation areas in the workplace as the thing they would most like employers to provide. YouGov surveyed 1,347 full and part-time workers in the UK to investigate their experiences of health and wellbeing practices in the workplace.

Standard Life Healthcare chief executive Mike Hall says it is encouraging that employees are recognising the benefits of private medical insurance. He says: “PMI is increasingly recognised as an employer benefit that can help with business productivity.

“Plans increasingly have a health and wellbeing element designed to keep customers healthy and it is most encouraging to see that the employees themselves are recognising and looking for the benefits PMI provides.”

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