A recent global review has revealed that women are twice more likely to suffer from stress and anxiety than men possibly due to juggling children, work and family on a daily basis. Within the review, the authors from Cambridge University estimate as many as one in four people have anxiety.
Lianne Harrington, Senior Healthcare Consultant at SMP Healthcare Ltd has been shocked by the results of this study and feels with the statistics being so high that it is critical that her clients and the UK public as a whole know exactly what help they can get from the Private Medical Insurance Sector.
On the SMP Healthcare website they have already featured Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Work Related Stress in the UK, both subjects that carry a strong link to stress and anxiety as a whole. The information is comprehensive in its content and provides a good insight.
Harrington explained further:
“Private Medical Insurance can offer Mental Health / Psychiatric cover if chosen as an optional benefit however this would not extend to cover chronic psychiatric care. As an example AVIVA would class a psychiatric (or related psychiatric condition) that has been treated in three policy years whether consecutive or not as a chronic condition. Policies would also exclude cover for addictions and substance abuse and conditions arising from them.”
Harrington confirms that not everyone suffering from stress and anxiety would need to have In-patient or Day patient treatment for their condition and on the whole the counselling available on Employee Assistance Programme’s (EAP’s) are enough to help get them on the road to recovery fast. Early intervention is confirmed as a key recovery factor by the HSE when it comes to work related ill-health.
“Telephone counselling and support is a quick, confidential and professional tool for dealing with common triggers such as bereavement, debt, stress in the workplace or family/relationship issues. When a company covers its employees on an EAP, quite often the telephone counselling service is available to the employee’s immediate family. The employer has therefore dealt with its duty of care for their employees and the employees have the peace of mind that their family have structured support for stressful situations”.
Health Cash Plans also offer telephone and face to face counselling, the availability is dependent upon the level of cover taken however, this is another low cost option available for ensuring you have the support you need at the time you need it most.
If you would like help in renewing an existing or selecting a new private healthcare policy then their team of healthcare advisers will be more than happy to help you. You can complete their secure online quotation form at https://www.smphealthcare.com or contact them on email@example.com or by telephone on 01245 929129.
About SMP Healthcare
SMP Healthcare Ltd was formed in January 2014 with the sole intention of providing the public and business community alike with a way of obtaining Private Medical Insurance on an independent basis. With a sound knowledge of the market we have proved to our clients that the health insurance market does not have to be costly and confusing.
Media Contact: Lianne Harrington
Address: SMP Healthcare Ltd, 3A Tindal Square, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1EH, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 (0)1245 929 129
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