Survey after survey finds Canadians want more vacation time and better health benefits at work. But while most of us have some extended health coverage, Very few of us are actually making use of the benefits.

As costs to administer extended health plans continue to rise, employers are trying to meet the wellness needs of their employees by offering strategies for stress management, regular medical screenings and other preventive health care measures. Now they’re also faced with trying to encourage employees to use them.

The survey also took a look at paramedical benefits, like chiropractic, massage, physiotherapy and psychological services. All have seen an increase in usage over the last decade, but are still being claimed by only a small percentage of those eligible for the benefits.

Massage claims have increased from just under 10 per cent of plan members to about 27 per cent since 2001. Chiropractic and physiotherapy claims are now sitting at 18 and just over 15 per cent respectively.

The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association estimates over 23 million people, or 67% of the population have extended health care benefits.

So why not take advantage of this amazing health preventative gift that you receive from your employer for working so hard?

Feel better, Improve posture and live well!

Book in for your unclaimed massage dollars before the end of the year to maximize on these benefits.

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