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Scania offers health-care for the entire family

Scania is starting 2006 with a two-year trial whereby employees’ families have access to the company’s own health-care service six days a week.

“One prerequisite for the individual’s well-being is that his or her family is also well, and we hope that with this measure we will have employees who are both happier and healthier,” says Magnus Hahn, Director of Human Resources at Scania.

The trial is part of Scania’s drive to reduce poor health. Within the company’s operations in Sweden, where just over half the 12,000 employees are blue-collar workers, sickness absenteeism has halved over the past decade from 9 to 4.5 percent.

“The ‘good-health rating’, as we prefer to call it, shows that this positive trend continued in 2005 too. The extended family health-care trial will hopefully result in a further improvement,” comments Magnus Hahn. 

The extended corporate health-care service in Södertälje for Scania’s employees and their family members will get under way on 11 January 2006. The offer covers the employee and his or her nearest family members. 

The clinic, which will initially be open from Monday to Saturday, has resources corresponding to those available at a community health-care clinic where one can go in the event of an infection, acute pain and so on. 

“With opening hours that are more generous than those of many district health centres, we can offer our employees and their families faster and easier access to medical care, which in turn means increased security and welfare,” explains Magnus Hahn.

The clinic is part of Scania’s corporate health-care programme which encompasses resources for health-care services, nursing services and rehabilitation, along with expertise on working-environment and psychosocial issues. A total of about 100 people work in Scania’s health-care operation, about half of them in-house employees.

In Södertälje, Scania also provides some health-care facilities for local authority employees, who thus also have access to the resources provided by Scania’s health-care facility.

According to insurance company Folksam’s annual health index, Scania’s sickness absenteeism rate of 4.8 percent in Sweden is among the lowest in Swedish engineering industry circles. Among Scania’s roughly 30,000 employees the world over, sickness absenteeism last year was 3.5 percent.

For more information, contact Hans-Åke Danielsson, phone +46 8-553 856 62