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Health & Wellbeing News

08/06/2017 - 2:37pm

There's no doubt health insurance premiums are a necessary cost for millions of Australians. In fact, a total of 13.5 million people have health insurance in our country, according to the most recent statistics provided by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA).

That's why it's such exciting news that a new initiative by the Government could put downward pressure on premium increases in 2017 and beyond. We've had a closer look.

31/05/2017 - 1:01pm

The way we work and live is quickly changing. We spend more and more time sitting still, staring at computer screens at work or televisions at home, and unsurprisingly our workforce's physical and mental health is declining as a result.

24/05/2017 - 2:26pm

Wise men say that the most important thing you have in life is your health. That's why it's so shocking that Australian Prudential Regulation Authority data shows only 47 per cent of  Australians have health insurance policies that cover general hospital treatment.

03/05/2017 - 4:21pm

Businesses searching for methods of improving their bottom line and solving their problems need only improve the health of their employees. Time and time again, research has proved that doing so has countless benefits and yet it's rarely the priority. 

The following problems are just a few that you could solve as a result of adopting a tailor-made corporate health insurance plan and increasing your focus on employee health.

28/04/2017 - 5:49pm

'Employee wellness program' is something of a buzz-phrase at the moment. Research from the World Health Organisation and countless other authorities says that when effectively implemented, the right approach could cause productivity to skyrocket. However, information on how to implement your own employee wellness program can be hard to come by. 

27/04/2017 - 3:11pm

The average Australian employee leads an increasingly busy life - longer hours and more demanding work make sure of that. This often manifests in increasing levels of stress and health problems, which negatively affect employees' work attendance and productivity. 

03/04/2017 - 11:21am

Many Australian business decision-makers believe that corporate health insurance is expensive - only suited to large businesses with massive cash reserves. Here at HICA we've been helping businesses with their insurance needs for decades and we know for a fact this this isn't true.

22/03/2017 - 10:32am

The Australian workforce is ageing rapidly. In fact, the increasing age of the nation's population is expected to cost state governments an estimated 6 per cent of GDP up to 2060, according to the Productivity Commission.

In general, an ageing population is a positive sign - it means we're living longer. However, when combined with unhealthy lifestyles and a demanding workplace environment it can lead to increases in health problems that are already prevalent in Australia's workforce.

15/03/2017 - 11:50am

Taking better care of your employees' health isn't just the right thing to do, it's a smart business decision. There's an abundance of research from leading industry authorities that has unequivocally found that healthier employees are happier and more productive.

This means that unhealthy employees could be hurting your bottom line. How much do unhealthy employees really cost businesses and what can corporate health insurance do to minimise that cost?

06/03/2017 - 11:32am

When it comes to supporting the wellbeing of your employees, there are a number of steps that employers can take.

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