Staying alive – but at what cost? The rising cost of healthcare

This month prescription and dental charges are rising, but some wages aren’t

“Don’t worry, at least you’ve got your health”, say the optimists. And thanks to the brilliant work of the NHS, they are more often than not absolutely right.
Your health is your first priority – whether it be mental or physical – it always comes first. Anybody who has tried coming to work having pushed a health issue to the back of their mind will know that it rarely ends well.
Keeping staff in fighting form is getting harder. This month prescription and dental charges are rising, albeit with inflation. But some wages aren’t.
Healthcare in this country is getting more expensive, and in certain places difficult to come by. If you call your GP or dental surgery you could find yourself at the back of a three-week-long waiting list.
It’s a dangerous cocktail. Employees that find it difficult to access the healthcare they need often postpone treatment until an emergency; not great for them or you having to pay for their sick leave.
Offering employee health benefits
Job hunters also know the score. There are employers out there offering health plans as part of their benefit schemes. Benefit offerings like this really pull in candidates: it shows that you care about the people that work for you.
We’d be the first to recommend a health benefits offering for your business. We’ve seen the positive impact that access to world-class healthcare can have: not just on the well-being of your staff but the relationship that you have with them. So what’s stopping small businesses from offering health benefits? Cost? Don’t want the admin?
Employee health benefits for small businesses
Health plans are traditionally a reserve of the blue-chip. The launch of The HR Dept’s healthcare offering changed that, opening the door to small business owners looking to extend their employee benefit offerings.
Not sure how these plans work? Wondering whether they’d be right for your business? Give The HR Dept a ring or email to ask us a question. We’re happy to advise.

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Ian heads up the HR Dept Edinburgh & the Lothians team. The HR Dept specialises in helping SMEs with everything to with employment, through a local and personal service delivering practical and pragmatic advice and support. With nearly 30 years HR experience, Ian has a wealth of experience in helping businesses to ensure success through their people, be legally compliant and handle tricky people issues. As a business owner himself, Ian understands the challenges that come with running and growing a business. He is known for his ability to explain complex concepts simply and to make learning fun and enjoyable.