Medindia

X

Productivity in New Zealand hit by Absenteeism through Health Reasons

by Medindia Content Team on  January 5, 2006 at 6:55 PM General Health News   - G J E 4
Productivity in New Zealand hit by Absenteeism through Health Reasons
Health insurer Southern Cross Medical Care Society says that workers with health insurance cover return to work earlier than those who have no health insurance. The society said that research conducted for it by TNS New Zealand showed that productivity could be influenced by workers returning early from illnesses.

Advertisement
The current research examined the recovery period of 200 insured workers who needed an operation and 76 uninsured workers. It was found that uninsured workers took an average of 48 days off as compared to just 14 days for insured staff. But the company did add that most insured staff were white collar workers. "At a time when retention of staff and making the most of their available time is increasingly important to industries coming to grips with labour shortages, the provision of health care obviously has considerable benefits to employers and staff," commented Southern Cross Healthcare Group chief executive Dr Ian McPherson. "Private health insurance also helps manage down long-term disability costs while wellness programmes assist productivity and the general health of a company's staff." It was also found that hospital waiting times for insured workers was five weeks as compared to 11 weeks for uninsured workers. This resulted in a 48 percent reduction in productivity for uninsured workers, while insured workers showed a 25 percent decrease in productivity.
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All

More News on: