Private healthcare for small and medium businesses - AXA PPP healthcare →
Private healthcare for small and medium businesses - AXA PPP healthcare →
Looking after the backbone of Britain Business Health Select Private healthcare for small and medium businesses
You’re the first through the door, and the last to leave. The jack of all trades and the master too. Small businesses are the fuel that powers Britain. You’re the future employment prospects for millions, the cornerstone of our recovery, and the backbone of our economy. And it’s our job to keep you healthy. We can help you build a healthcare plan that’s as unique as your business. A plan to fast track you and your people with access to diagnosis and treatment.
And to support you all back to health, and back to work as quickly as possible.
We’re committed to working together with you to ensure your business healthcare scheme is tailored to your business and that you and your employees are supported every step of the way. 2 ack of all trades J ack of all trades J Jack of all trades card V1 - 09.04.14 Cornerstone V1 - 09.04.14 The cornerstone of our recovery
3 Contents Benefits of healthcare cover for your business . 4 Building a plan for your business . 6 Manage the cost of your plan . 8 What you can expect from us . 11 Our Heart and Cancer Commitment . 14 Support for you to help ease the pressure .
16 Support for your team as part of your membership . . 18 Your choices explained . 20 Your options explained . 23 Start small – think big . 30
4 Nothing compares to the independence of managing a business, but it can be tough too. You have to wear all the hats, juggle all the balls (and budgets), and keep going long after everyone else has downed tools for the night. One thing is certain, it’s a lot easier to keep all the plates spinning when you and your team are fit and healthy. We’ve thought of everything we can do to help get you better and back to work fast. Benefits of healthcare for your business
5 • Build a healthcare plan as personal as your business We offer a wide range of flexible choices that can be tailored to suit the needs of your business and your budget.
• Get appointments that fit around work and remove the hassle You need to be in work, not waiting in queues feeling unwell. With our Fast Track Appointments service, we can save you precious time and trouble by booking your appointments fast. When your GP refers you or one of your team for treatment, just ask for an open referral (which is a referral that doesn’t name an individual specialist) and we’ll arrange and book everything to suit you, including the right time, the right location (near home or work) and even outside of normal working hours. We aim to have booked your appointment by the end of the next working day.
• Fast telephone access to expert physiotherapy services As a member of AXA PPP healthcare, with our Working Body service you can arrange a phone call with a physiotherapist about all types of conditions that affect bones, joints and muscles, to make sure you're getting the advice and treatment that's right for you. And there's no need to see your GP first. • See an experienced specialist or practitioner every time Know that you’re always seeing someone who’s an expert in their field, someone with all the specialist knowledge, skills and training needed for your diagnosis and treatment.
We work with over 24,000 experienced specialists and practitioners. • Expert help Imagine having a medical expert you could call anytime you or your team have a health worry, big or small. Our nurses and counsellors are available by phone 24/7 to give health information and help support your team whenever they need it. With health constantly in the news and all over the web, it’s tough knowing what to trust. Our online health centres bring together the latest information and facts from our own doctors and nurses, leading medical authorities, specialist charities and NHS resources so you get straight to the information you need.
• Dedicated Heart and Cancer Nurses at the end of the phone If you or one of your team should fall ill with cancer or a heart condition, one of our qualified nurses will support them and their family, offering expert guidance on treatment, side effects, feelings and even how to talk to friends and family about their condition.
• Added value to your team with our member offers You and your team will have access to member discounts at health clubs across the UK making keeping fit and healthier a lot easier. And you can also get money off expert lifestyle health assessments so you know just how well you’re looking after yourself. • Meeting your duty of care We’ll help to keep your employees as fit and healthy as possible so that they’re able to work productively for your business. The services included with your healthcare plan can also help towards meeting your duty of care. • And it costs less than you may think A healthcare plan probably costs much less than you may think.
For many of our members, subscriptions are less than everyday costs like mobile bills, a daily visit to the coffee shop, or even printer cartridges. Your budget is an important part of all the points we consider and we can easily talk you through your choices so you get healthcare at a price that suits you. Benefits of healthcare for your business
6 With such a wide range of flexible choices there’s a healthcare plan just waiting to be created for every business and budget. You can tailor everything from the kinds of treatments you want to cover to how you pay. Building a plan for your business
7 • Six or more of you? You can create a plan that provides different levels of cover for different groups of people. Some businesses provide more cover for their management teams or other key staff. • Add the family too Add family members to get healthcare cover at business rates. • Let us help If this is the first time you’ve looked at buying healthcare insurance, there can seem a lot to take in.
The best way to work out what’s right for you is to call us on 0800 38 77 54. 1. Start with the Core plan Additional options More options Out-patient options Core Plan 2. Add or take away these options until you get a plan that fits your business Six week option 3. Manage the cost of your plan Full out-patient Enhanced out-patient Standard out-patient Therapies Your choice of Employee Assistance Programmes Dentist and Optician Cashback Travel Cover Mental health Excess How to pay Two year fix Extra Cancer cover Building a plan for your business See ‘Your choices explained’ on page 20.
or or Extra care Extended cover To find out more about your core plan and other options go to page 20.
• Choose an excess You can choose an excess of £100, £250 or £500 as a way of controlling your subscription. • The six week option If you’re comfortable using the NHS but worry about potentially long waiting times, then the six week option could be for you. If eligible treatment is available on the NHS within six weeks from the date it should take place, then you will use the NHS. However if the wait for treatment is more than six weeks from when it should take place, then you can go private straight away.
As a guide, choosing this option for each of your employees could save you up to 20% off your annual subscription.
• Choose how you want to pay You can save 5% by paying your subscription yearly. • Choose to fix your subscription for two years You can choose the reassurance of knowing what subscription you’ll pay for each employee for the next two years. 9 • Two-year moratorium How members are covered for pre-existing conditions If they have experienced symptoms or been treated for a medical condition in the last five years, they'll only be covered for that condition after: • they’ve been covered by us for two consecutive years (this is the moratorium period) • they’ve been completely free of any form of treatment, investigations, medical advice, drugs or medicines or special diets relating to that condition for a consecutive one-year period • Medical declaration form not needed.
• Continued medical exclusions How members are covered for pre-existing conditions Continued medical exclusions is usually an option if you switch to us from another health insurer. This means that in most cases, we will give you the option to continue any medical underwriting that was applied by your previous insurer.
When you switch, remember that our membership terms will start to apply to your plan and these are likely to be different to those of your previous insurer. If you’re not sure how this might affect your cover, please call us on 0800 38 77 54. • Medical declaration form not needed in most circumstances.* Your underwriting options: Manage the cost of your plan Control your subscriptions in a number of ways: • Fully underwritten How members are covered for pre-existing conditions Pre-existing medical conditions will be excluded from cover where necessary.
ü Medical declaration form needed – we may also ask for a GP medical report.
• Medical history disregarded How members are covered for pre-existing conditions Cover is provided for treatment of previous medical conditions, subject to the membership terms. Only available if you cover 15 or more people. • Medical declaration form not needed. * Please note a medical declaration form will be required for groups of 1-2 members.
These are four fictional businesses created to show how flexible cover and costs are. The businesses are based in Guildford, Surrey, each with six employees aged 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 and 50. The businesses all have core cover and Extra Cancer cover as standard. We chose an excess of £100, a two-year moratorium and annual payment for all four. Plan costs are representative as of October 2016. Here are some examples of how we tailored a plan to suit their business. • Appletree Trading • Bluebell Wood Enterprises • Cloverfield Associates • Daisychain Holdings Appletree Trading has opted to include the Standard Out‑patient Option with their core cover.
Because their work is physically demanding cover for physiotherapy was also included. Equivalent weekly subscription: £38.55 or £6.43 per employee Bluebell Wood wanted to give their employees the options of cover for private GP consultations and using any hospital in the UK, so extended cover was added. They also have the standard out-patients option and therapies included. Equivalent weekly subscription: £47.34 or £7.89 per employee Cloverfield Associates has unlimited out‑patient consultations. Their work is in a high pressured industry and things can get stressful now and then so mental health and extra care cover was added too.
Equivalent weekly subscription: £54.30 or £9.06 per employee In addition to core cover Daisychain Holdings included two out-patient consultations a year. Whilst diagnosis is carried out privately, members will use the NHS for treatment when available within six weeks of when it should take place. Equivalent weekly subscription: £28.34 or £4.72 per employee 10 What you can create
What you can expect from us 11
12 Your access to specialists and private healthcare We hope you’ll never need to see inside a private hospital, but if you do, you can be sure you’re putting your health in the hands of expert specialists.
You’ll also appreciate just how the little things like eating great food and having your own room make such a big difference to getting you back to health, and work, faster. Everything is designed to help you get better, whether your stay is long or short. You’ll also find that the nurses and staff have that extra time needed to make you feel at home.
• Over 250 hospitals and 250 scanning centres Means you’re never far from where you need to be. • With access to over 24,000 specialists You can relax knowing that you will be seen by an expert in their field. • You’ll usually have your own room, with a TV, an en-suite bathroom and usually Wi-Fi To help you stay connected. • No restrictions on visiting hours So your friends and family can visit you whenever you want.
13 13 Your GP gives you an open referral (which is a referral that doesn’t name the specialist you should see). Just call us and we’ll check where and when will suit you best and book your appointment for you, making it simple and hassle free.
Alternatively if you’d prefer, we can provide you with the names of up to three specialists, all experts in their field, who you can contact directly. • We’re ready to help you, just call us If you need to see a specialist, ask your GP for an open referral, and then call us. We’ll tell you what you’re covered for, and help you make the most of your membership by taking care of everything for you. • We’ll make sure you see the right specialist.
All of our recognised specialists have a consultancy level which means they can provide advice and treatment for the most complex and challenging health conditions. • We’ll make it quick, convenient and easy We’ll make sure your appointment is at a time and place that’s convenient to you, so you won’t have to worry about travelling further away than necessary. • We’ll act with urgency If you were to call us with suspected cancer or a heart condition, the moment we get off the phone with you we’ll act with urgency to get you an appointment with an appropriate specialist. To find the right specialist for you: In fact, with our Fast Track Appointments service, on average our members with an open referral are seen twice as fast as those members whose GPs have referred them to a named specialist.* Fast Track Appointments When your GP refers you or one of your team for treatment, we can find the right specialist, at the right time and place for you.
What you can expect from us All you need to do We’ll do the rest *based on 2015 AXA PPP healthcare data.
*Source: www.ons.gov.uk Our Heart and Cancer Commitment extensive cover and care 14 With these advances and changes to the way people are treated, the needs of our members have changed too. With increasing survival times*, people are more likely to need treatment and care for longer. It’s vital our private healthcare cover reflects this. That’s why we’ve enhanced our cover with our Heart and Cancer Commitment and also give you the choice of extending your cover for cancer when you take out your plan.
We are committed to better care and support for the conditions that worry our members most: heart disease and cancer.
Despite all the advances of modern medicine, these are still the words you never want to hear from your doctor. They are also two conditions that have seen dramatic improvements in treatment and survival rates over the last few years, with new treatments and drugs constantly making headlines.
15 Our heart cover Extra cover and care for heart conditions. Members diagnosed with a heart condition will now have access to our successful Dedicated Nurse service which will be available by phone throughout their treatment and recovery: listening, understanding and giving information, with the time to give the member and their family all the support they need.
Our cancer support Our Dedicated Nurses have a lot of experience and expertise in supporting our members who have been diagnosed with cancer. It means there’s a consistent, reliable person at the end of the phone there for members and their families to talk to about everything from eating well during chemotherapy to how to cope at home after surgery. This is the kind of long-term, committed help that we know members value. Our Heart and Cancer Commitment
16 Support for you to help ease the pressure
Life can be tough on your body. It’s no surprise that musculoskeletal conditions like back, neck and muscle problems cause more prolonged work absences than any others*. Yet busy working people can often put off going to see a doctor about their conditions until it starts to impact their daily lives. That’s understandable when you’ve got lots to do, and aren’t able to take time out of your day for arranging appointments and visiting a GP. So we’ve made things much easier. With Working Body, we’re helping to keep businesses like yours moving.
With quick access to diagnosis and treatment this could really benefit your business and your team.
As part of your core cover, you or your team can call and speak to one of our physiotherapists without needing to see a GP first. If a course of hands-on treatment is what’s needed, they’ll let you know if you’re covered and make the arrangements for you to see someone who’s a convenient distance from work or home. Support for you Work related Musculoskeletal Disorders represent 44% of all work related illness** 76%† of SME businesses agree that there aren’t enough out of hours GP appointments. 55% 55%† of SME business decision makers agree that employees don’t generally take time off work when they have back problems.
With Working Body, we’re helping to keep businesses like yours moving 17 We know how busy work keeps you, so whenever you need to call us about your plan, you’ll get straight through to an Account Manager from our small business team. • Company membership information that’s always to hand You can check and manage your business membership at our secure online site. You can access membership documents such as your Group Secretary Guide, membership handbook and our Directory of Hospitals. • Take a look at our Business Health Centre Created specifically for small businesses, with a host of articles, videos and tips to help support the health of you and your employees at work.
axappphealthcare.co.uk/bhc You can also sign up to our monthly business healthcare e-bulletin. GP OPEN 9am to 5pm *Labour Force Survey, Office for National Statistics 2013. ** Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorder Statistics in GB 2014/15, Health and Safety Executive. † One Poll Survey, September 2014
Support for your team as part of your membership 18 Your team will have online access to their membership and should they need to make a claim our Personal Advisers are ready to help. • Employee membership made easy – for you and your team Each member of your scheme gets their own secure online member area called Customer Online where they can contact us, check details of their cover, find out how they go about claiming, and see the range of services and benefits available to them.
There’s also a link to our online health information services so they can find out more about health and wellbeing issues, or look up any health issue that’s troubling them.
19 Support for your team • Claims made simple We ask members to always call us before they go ahead with any kind of treatment they plan to claim for. All they need to do is call our expert Personal Advisers with details of their proposed treatment. Our Personal Advisers have lots of experience and training, and can access your specific plan details immediately. This means they can usually confirm the cover that’s available there and then. Pre-authorising treatment like this means that you and your employees can be confident of knowing whether they are covered before treatment. • Expert help – just ask, any time of the day Imagine having a medical expert in the family.
Someone your team could call anytime they have a health worry, big or small. That’s exactly what Health at Hand gives them. They can call our medical experts any time of the day or night.
They will also have access to our online Health Centres which bring together the latest information, facts and figures from experts and NHS resources so they can find everything they might need to know quickly and easily. Your team will also be able to put questions to our panel of experts at our regular live online discussions. • Member offers We can help make it easier for people to be healthier and well. With AXA Fitness Works, they’ll be able to access a range of discounts at gyms nationwide, including discounted annual PureGym membership. • Our Second Opinion Service We want to make sure that you are completely happy with any experience you have with us.
Our Second Opinion Service provides you with extra reassurance if you’re uncertain about a diagnosis or treatment plan. Where you have an out-patient option on your plan we’ll pay for all eligible costs involved with the second opinion, such as the initial appointment with the new consultant and any new tests needed. This ensures that we help get you back to health and work as quickly as possible.
20 Your choices explained If your business involves manual labour you may want to include therapies cover, or if you operate in a high pressure environment mental health care may be important. It’s all entirely up to you.
21 21 Your choices explained Your core plan Here’s what’s included for everyone on your plan. If you’re an in-patient or day-patient • Private hospital and day-patient unit fees including accommodation, diagnostic tests, using the operating theatre, drugs and dressings, radiotherapy and chemotherapy and surgical appliances that the specialist uses during surgery Paid in full so long as you use a hospital or day-patient unit in our Directory of Hospitals • Specialist fees including surgeons, anaesthetists and physicans No yearly limit • Hospital accommodation for one parent while a child under 16 is receiving eligible treatment Paid in full • Hotel accommodation for one parent while a child under 16 is receiving eligible treatment £100 per night up to £500 a year If you’re are an out-patient • Surgery No yearly limit so long as you use a hospital or day-patient unit in our Directory of Hospitals • We will cover the cost of CT, MRI or PET scans referred by a specialist Paid in full at a scanning centre, or a hospital listed as a scanning centre, in our Directory of Hospitals Your benefits What we pay ›
Your core plan continued 22 As with most private healthcare plans, there are some general exclusions and limitations. The plan does not cover members for: • Medical conditions that existed prior to joining unless you have transferred on a Continued Medical Exclusions or Medical History Disregarded basis • Routine pregnancy and childbirth • Long term chronic conditions for example diabetes or asthma • Cosmetic treatment We’ll make you aware of all the key exclusions when we speak to you or in the literature so there are no surprises.
Other benefits • Ambulance transport to transfer you to another medical facility if you are receiving private treatment Paid in full • Cash payment if you have out-patient or day-patient chemotherapy or radiotherapy free on the NHS £50 a day up to £2,000 a year • Expert Help Direct access to healthcare experts for members 24/7 What’s not covered ›
23 Your options explained
Out-patient options Here’s what’s included in the out-patient options you choose. 24 Standard out-patient option • Specialist consultations Up to two consultations a year • Diagnostic tests when your specialist refers you No yearly limit Enhanced out-patient option • Specialist consultations A combined yearly limit of £1,000 • Diagnostic tests when your specialist refers you • Practitioner fees including nurses, dieticians, orthoptists and speech therapists Full out-patient option • Specialist consultations No yearly limit • Diagnostic tests when your specialist refers you • Practitioner fees including nurses, dieticians, orthoptists and speech therapists Your benefits What we pay 24
Your options explained Options Here’s what’s included in the option you choose. 25 Therapies option • Fees for out-patient treatment by physiotherapists, acupuncturists, homeopaths, osteopaths or chiropractors • Access to Working Body (for more information see page 17) No yearly limit on fees: • up to an overall maximum of 10 sessions in a year when your GP refers you, or when you have therapist treatment through our Working Body team • further sessions (as long as we agree them first) when your specialist refers you.
Mental Health option If you're an in-patient or day-patient • Private hospital and day-patient unit fees for psychiatric treatment, including accommodation, diagnostic tests and drugs Paid in full at a hospital or day-patient unit in our Directory of Hospitals • Specialist fees for psychiatric treatment No yearly limit If you’re an out-patient • Specialist consultations for psychiatric treatment No yearly limit • Psychiatric treatment by psychologists and cognitive behavioural therapists No yearly limit Your benefits What we pay ›
Options continued 26 Extra Care option • Nurse to give you chemotherapy or antibiotics by intravenous drip at home Paid in full • Cash payment when you have free in-patient treatment under the NHS. You can also receive this cash payment if you have treatment in an NHS Intensive Therapy or Intensive Care unit, whether it follows private treatment or not. £100 a night up to £2,000 a year • Oral surgery so long as your dentist refers you Paid in full so long as you use a facility that we have an agreement with covering oral surgery • Chiropody fees so long as as your chiropodist is qualified Up to £150 a year Extended cover option • Extra cover for treatment at any hospital, day-patient unit or scanning centre in the UK that is not listed in our Directory of Hospitals Paid in full up to the normal daily rates published and charged by the facility • Extra cover for treatment received outside of the UK Up to the cost we would pay for equivalent treatment in the UK • Extra cover for fee limited specialists Paid in full • Private GP fees for consultations Up to £500 a year • Doctor@Hand consultations Up to five on-line, video or telephone consultations a year with a Doctor@Hand GP › ›
Your options explained Extra Cancer Cover option Here’s what’s included. Due to the nature of cancer we cover it a little differently to other conditions. You can increase your benefits to include: Your benefits What we pay • No time limits on cancer treatment No yearly limit • Experimental drugs if you take part in a randomised clinical trial that the appropriate ethics committee has approved, so long as we agree it first Your stay in hospital, including specialist fees, is paid in full • Specialist consultations with the specialist treating your cancer even if you don’t have an out-patient option on your plan Consultations not deducted from out-patient limits • Diagnostic tests as an out-patient even if you don’t have an out-patient option on your plan The tests are not deducted from out-patient limits • Hospice donation Donation to a hospice where you are having end of life care or a donation to a service providing hospice at home care • We will pay for external prostheses (such as limbs) and for wigs £5,000 for external prostheses and £150 for wigs • We will provide cover for cancer no matter what path it takes, even if it recurs or spreads and so long as you remain a member we’ll continue to cover treatment if the cancer becomes terminal 27
28 Additional options Here are some other options to complement your plan. Dentist and Optician Cashback option • Dentist fees 80% of your dentist’s fees, up to £400 a year • Optician fees 80% of the cost of prescribed glasses and contact lenses, up to £200 a year • Eye test Up to £25 a year for an eye test Travel cover • Travel Cover is an annual policy making it easier for you and your employees to travel abroad on business or leisure. What’s more if you make two or more trips abroad each year it’s cost effective too. The benefits include: No medical history required when you take out cover A broad range of medical benefits Business and leisure travel covered On-piste winter ski cover included Your benefits What we pay
t Your Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) choices Balancing the demands and pressures brought about by today’s busy world, an EAP needs to do much more than simply help you meet your duty of care. You can plan access to professional expert help with telephone guidance and online support for everything from childcare to debt, and legal to relationship issues. It’s a bit like the Citizens Advice service just for you and your team. You can choose from: EAP Essential EAP Premier • Unlimited access to telephone support available 24/7 for psychological and mental issues Offers all the support of EAP Essential but in addition provides: • Telephone access to a fully qualified counsellor • Face to face counselling with up to five sessions per team member with a clinical specialist • E-counselling for those who prefer to communicate digitally • Complex cases escalated to a psychologist • LifeManagement™ – a unique combination of services with telephone access to skilled consultants to help with everyday issues such as debt management, relationships and legal concerns • Managerial Consultancy to help managers meet day to day team challenges • Online information and guidance for your team including a dedicated website • 24/7 telephone helpline for health information from our Health at Hand team Your options explained 29
30 33,000+ small and medium business like yours with 220,000+ employees covered Start small – think big
31 31 Business Health Select is the result of everything we’ve learnt over 75 years of looking after our members. We started small but, by showing that what we do really does work, we now look after thousands of small and medium businesses – each one different from the next, with their own concerns and priorities. Of course, our members and their needs are very different today. But the nurses, doctors, practitioners, underwriters, advisers and other professionals in our team continue the traditions we’ve become known for – embracing groundbreaking treatments and creating new, faster ways to access them.
Being part of the AXA Group – one of the world’s largest insurers – means added financial security. And being looked after by our small and medium business dedicated teams gives you the best of personal service and choice, plus the better value that our size allows us to bring you.
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We can help you create a healthcare plan that’s just right for your business and your budget. We know how busy you are, so we’ll be fast but thorough. We also guarantee that we won’t contact you again using the details you give us unless you want us to. Our Business Health Select plan allows you to build an excellent level of cover, as indicated by a Defaqto 5 Star Rating. The Defaqto 5 Star Rating is based on an assessment of the overall product, including the optional components. Where not all of the options are taken, this might affect the rating of the product.
95% Member satisfaction.
Based on a survey of 592 small and medium business members 95% were satisfied with AXA PPP healthcare (October 15 – July 16)