News articles supporting the case for low cost healthcare insurance and health cash plans


Company health schemes may seem like an unnecessary expense for your business but can you afford not to offer a scheme when you consider the cost of absenteeism?  The median annual absence cost per employee is £522, compare that to a heath cash plan cover which from Orchard Healthcare starts from £55.64 a year and it’s an affordable investment in your employees.

Offering company health schemes helps to reinforce an employer’s health and wellbeing stance towards their employees and encourage potential recruits showing that a company is committed to looking after their staff.

A company health scheme  also shows that a company puts the health of its’ staff as a high priority within the business, sharing the responsibility of looking after employee health  between the employer and employee in order to help reduce absenteeism and enable a faster return to work.

Many employees are now finding that they need to work longer which in turn changes the workforce demographic creating an ageing workforce which will increasingly need company health schemes in order to support employee health.  A health cash plan provides the affordable answer, allowing employees quick access to financial assistance for both routine medical treatment and more serious health concerns. 

Routine treatments covered within the Orchard Healthcare cash plan include: dental treatment which covers both NHS and private treatment including check-ups, optical for sight tests and glasses or contact lenses,

For musculoskeletal issues which cause 44% of absenteeism the cash plan offers financial support towards physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture and chiropractic treatment.  This treatment can be taken privately without a GP referral allowing employee’s faster access to treatments than can help to speed up their return to work.

If more serious health concerns require a visit to a specialist consultant then 50% of the cost is met through the Orchard Healthcare cash plan*

For businesses looking to maintain the health of their employees Orchard Healthcare can provide a company Health Screening programme to support the company health scheme.  This can help to identify and monitor employee’s health relating to risk of cardiac, stroke or diabetes.

For more information on the company health schemes available from Orchard Healthcare including cash plans and health screening please call  01905 729090.


CIPD Absence Management Survey 2016

* 50% of the cost up to membership level maximum amount

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