The new group policy, known as Zurich LiveWell Diagnostics, offers employees private access to specialist consultations and clinical diagnostic tests, before referring patients for treatment under the NHS.
Developed by the firm’s UK’s accident and health team, the policy looks to bring private healthcare into reach for companies that find full medical cover “too expensive” as well as those that want to offer healthcare benefits to more of their workforce.
The policy costs from £190 to £310 per employee, which is between 25% and 40% of the cost of a full group medical product. This is the equivalent of roughly 52p a day per employee. It also includes access to UK private medical networks and offers case management and handover to the NHS or private medical options for treatment.
Stephane Baj, head of accident and health, Zurich, said: “Timely access to a GP or specialist consultant can be subject to lengthy waiting lists, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Yet at the same time, we know it’s often too expensive for firms to offer full medical plans to employees outside of senior management.
“Our new policy aims to plug the gap between basic healthcare benefits, such as virtual GPs, and more costly full medical plans. By providing early access to healthcare, it can help firms to improve employee wellbeing, reduce the number of days lost to sickness and maintain their productivity.”