Just one in five UK organisations provide all their employees with health screening, according to a survey from healthcare adviser Independent Healthcare Consultancy (IHC).
Out of the 180,000 employees of the surveyed organisations, the report revealed that only 13,000 are eligible to receive a company-paid health screening. And only 10 per cent offer employees other than directors the chance to purchase health screening at a corporate rate.
As for the marketplace, figures showed that traditional suppliers such as Bupa and the Nuffield chain of hospitals continue to dominate with half the market share between them.
Other findings included evidence of massive variations in price for health screening: the cost for a male executive ranged from £184 to £437.
Survey author and consultant Paul Roberts said: “The huge variation in cost shows how health screening has become a neglected benefit. It’s not down to geographical differences, as varying health costs sometimes are, it’s just the fact that organisations don’t look into health screening prices or shop around, so things just stay as they are.
“Health screening has become a lacklustre benefit but could have a major impact if more companies give it more prominence in their employee health strategies.”