The healing powers of hypnotherapy

The healing powers of hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy can be use in the treatment of many conditions. If you are fortunate enough to be covered on a health cash plan, you may have access to this type of benefit. Unfortunately hypnotherapy is not usually covered on private medical insurance in the UK. You could opt to self-fund your hypnotherapy treatments and the cost will depend on your therapist. The professional standards authority provides an easy to use practitioner database of therapists: https://www.professionalstandards.org.uk/check-practitioners/practitioner/hypnotherapist I have checked under Chelmsford as an area with a 10 mile radius search and this has produced 11 qualified hypnotherapists. If I widen that…

Smile; you have private dental insurance

Smile; you have private dental insurance

One of the most overlooked company health insurance policies may actually be stand-alone dental cover. It really used to be a popular choice, especially in London.  With more and more people having to use private dental surgeries, is it time that we started to look at dental insurance again? How much does company dental insurance cost? There are a number of dental insurance providers in the UK and they all offer businesses different cover levels. The premiums are far less than private medical insurance and the application forms are really simple. The cost of company dental insurance will depend on…

Why our pets can help our mental health

Why our pets can help our mental health

It is fantastic to think that our fur babies can play such an important role in maintaining our mental health. Whether you are a cat lover, dog lover or you have a pandemonium of parrots, you may not realise the positive effect they have on your life. Introducing Goofy and Eric So, on a personal level I am lucky enough to have a pair of canine comforters – Goofy a streetwise Jack Russel of an unknown age, we don’t really know if she is 16 or 17 but she certainly is a tough old girl. Eric, well he is a…

Have you got an EAP for your staff?

Have you got an EAP for your staff?

When it comes to employee benefits, not every business can afford to invest in a whole suite of policies. So where do you start and what options could you consider? You could look at a number of different cover options for your staff including: Private medical insurance Dental insurance Health cash plans Hospital treatment insurance Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) Health Screening With mental health problems becoming more common in the workplace with a huge 70 million workdays being lost in the UK each year, having a good employee assistance programme (EAP) could help you as an employer to avoid experiencing…

What is the Babylon app?

What is the Babylon app?

Babylon is a downloadable app that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help provide accessible healthcare for millions of people. Babylon is developed by a team of research scientists, engineers, doctors and epidemiologists who optimise Babylon’s AI abilities. How do you use Babylon? If you feel unwell you can enter your symptoms and Babylon will understand them. This app can then provide you with the relevant health and triage information. As Babylon can understand the majority of healthcare issues, it can then advise you of the next steps to take. The AI services provided by Babylon can will give you health…

How much does your GP charge for a medical report?

How much does your GP charge for a medical report?

When you have been referred to a medical specialist for treatment your private medical insurance provider may require a GP report. This may be needed before you can go ahead with your treatment. The insurer is not being difficult or trying to avoid honouring your claim. They just need more details in relation to your condition and a reason why the referral has been made. Your insurance provider may need clarification as to the first time you had symptoms of the condition too. Did you realise that more often than not, your GP will charge for this service? Whether you…

Is private health insurance worth it?

Is private health insurance worth it?

We have the NHS; why would we need to pay more for our healthcare? It is a topic that has been discussed again and again. I have friends who would never buy it and I have friends who would never be without it. Two sides of the coin! These split opinions are caused by various factors including: Political views Financial position Personal experience of the NHS Family experience of the NHS Good/Bad hospitals within the local area So the answer to this question “is private medical insurance worth it?” really depends upon your own personal opinion. Do you want to…

The amazing value of a business health cash plan

The amazing value of a business health cash plan

So, 5 really important questions to ask you……… Are you a business owner or manager? Do you have a duty of care towards your staff? Have you ever heard of a health cash plan? Can you take advantage of a great low cost health plan? Why haven’t you considered a cash plan before now? Health Cash Plans are not private medical insurance. A health cash plan is not the same thing as a health insurance policy. Each UK provider has their own benefit categories but in general they offer cover for everyday healthcare costs such as: Dental ∙ Optical ∙…

Is now the time to think about your sugar intake?

Is now the time to think about your sugar intake?

Today sees the start of sugar awareness week organised every year by Action on Sugar with the aim of raising awareness of the damaging effect of having too much sugar in our diet. Sugar and your heart Eating too much sugar can cause you to gain weight. People who are overweight or obese have more of a risk of developing coronary heart disease. Sugar exists in many foods that you may not automatically associate with containing sugar such as fruit, vegetables and even milk. These food types also contain many nutrients and therefore you may not want to cut back…

Is Walking Football good for you?

Is Walking Football good for you?

Walking football is really aimed at the over 50’s age group and is very different to Association Football in many ways. It offers many health benefits to participants even though running is strictly not allowed. As a non-contact sport no tackling, blocking, shoulder charging, pushing or barging are allowed in walking football. This is especially important considering the age group that the sport is aimed towards. Minimal risk of injury is key. What are the reported physical health benefits? Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease Reducing the risk of stroke Improving blood pressure Lowering cholesterol Improving blood sugar levels Improving…

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