London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) July 29, 2009 -- Providing benefits to keep staff healthy and reduce sickness absence is becoming increasingly difficult in the recession, with a recent survey finding 54% of employers feel under pressure to reduce healthcare benefits.
Employers looking for cost-effective ways to provide healthcare are taking up voluntary health cash plans, which give cash back on everyday medical expenses like dental and optical checks, glasses, chiropractic treatment and much more.
HSF health plan Voluntary Scheme is offered to companies at no cost, and allows staff to register at a heavily discounted rate - from as little as one pound per week. This basic plan entitles them to half the cost of their medical expenses back, including up to Â£50 dental and optical. Under the most comprehensive scheme the full cost will be reimbursed and the figure for dental and optical jumps to Â£850. HSF health plan is the only health cash plan that covers the employeesâ partner and children under 18 at no extra cost, so the scheme provides significant extra value for employees with dependent families.
The South Wales Police Federation recently implemented the risk-free HSF Voluntary Scheme. Deputy Secretary PC Danny Ahearn says itâs been well received.
âAll the feedback weâve had from staff who have taken up the scheme has been very positive. People whoâve made claims have purchased spectacles or used the dentist or needed to see a specialist at short notice.â
âWe looked at other schemes but HSF impressed us the most. What they were offering compared to what you have to pay out seemed extremely good. On top of that is the fact that theyâre owned by a charity with any surplus profits going to medical causes. The testimonials are excellent and they have a proven track record.â
The voluntary benefit is deducted from the employee's pay at source, but HSF also offers several other company schemes: Part-Paid, where the company pays part of the contribution, and Company Paid, where the full cost is absorbed by the employer.
As well as dental and optical, HSF health plan provides cash back for specialist and investigations, practitioner treatments â such as physiotherapy, chiropody and acupuncture â personal accident cover, home care help, hospital stays, day surgery and treatment, recuperation and birth grants. It also offers popular GP Advice, Stress Counseling and Legal Advice helplines.
Go to http://www.hsf.eu.com for more information or call 020 7928 6662.
HSF health plan is the trading subsidiary of The Hospital Saturday Fund, a registered charity. HSF health plan donates surplus monies through the Hospital Saturday Fund to medically associated charities, hospitals and hospices across the UK and Ireland. The Hospital Saturday Fund was established in 1873, long before the NHS existed, when contributorsâ money went towards the upkeep of local hospitals.
For all press queries about HSF health plan, or if you would like to speak to an industry spokesman, please contact Hollie Thomson or ZoÃ« Hooper at CCD Healthcare PR on 020 7434 4100 or Hollie@ccdpr.com or Zoe@ccdpr.com.