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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.

23/01/2017 - 4:58pm

Ever noticed a relationship between the number of employees on holiday and drops in your business productivity? You're not alone. Of course, when people take sick days or annual leave, you don't have them contributing to your operations - but they still cost you money.

18/01/2017 - 9:52am

Have you ever had to take time off work because of something unexpected? Chances are the people in your workforce have as well, and it might have left you without an employee for a day or two. Depending on the illness, it might have even been longer, and kept your productivity low for a number of weeks. If a core part of your workforce isn't present because of a treatable illness, you'll feel hard done-by.

18/01/2017 - 9:52am

Have you ever struggled with your fitness, or had heart pains related to a lack of exercise? It could have been something more serious than just a tweak in your chest, it might have been a chronic disease. Approximately 22 per cent of Australians reported having a chronic cardiovascular condition in 2011-12, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). That's just under 4 million people.

13/01/2017 - 9:19am

Are you looking at getting a better corporate health insurance policy for your business in the next few months? If you decide to go it alone, there's going to be a lot of legwork to do, because you'll be sorting through all of the current available providers by yourself.

12/12/2016 - 10:15am

Are you losing out on top talent in your field because your business doesn't offer the best benefits? You might not have the best corporate health insurance plan available, while competitors do. For a prospective hire choosing between your company and another, they will go for the one that benefits them the most.

06/12/2016 - 11:31am

Have you recently had to change the level of cover in your private health insurance plan, simply because the premiums were becoming too expensive? You're not alone. As premiums are rising, and people are trying to avoid government surcharges for not having appropriate health cover, they're reducing their plans to almost useless levels, according to an article in The Guardian on November 18.

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