Today it is customary for many companies to get the health checkup for employees done at the time of hiring and on annual basis as well.
Pre-employment checkup includes the basic screening investigations needed to determine the candidate's medical fitness required for employment.
Benefits of Pre Employment Checkup
To Maintain Safety at Workplace
The new candidate should be free from medical conditions that could result in harming other people (colleagues or customers), especially in health and safety sensitive jobs such as driving, piloting, working in automation etc.
Health Record Compilation
A Pre employment health checkup establishes baseline health related data against which the future health status of an employee can be compared. It identifies existing medical conditions, including lifestyle and contagious diseases which could get adversely affected by occupational exposure.
Ascertain Productivity and Efficiency
These tests establish that the new employee is free from medical conditions which can affect his productivity post employed. Companies understand the importance of a healthy employee as his health is going to be directly proportional to his productivity and efficacy towards work.
Cost to Company for Medical Reimbursement
Considering that medical treatment is getting costlier by the day, employee health is becoming a major concern for companies. Several companies provide full or partial coverage for medical expense to their employees. An employee who suffers from a long term illness which may require frequent hospitalisation and absenteeism from work may cost the employer a lot of money. Companies want to assess this before hiring the candidate.
What do pre-employment checkups include?
Pre employment checkups are usually basic screening tests which gives a broad assessment of the candidate's health status.
Usually they include the following test, though they may vary from company to company.
- Complete Medical & Physical Examination
- Laboratory Investigations
- Complete Blood Count
- Blood Sugar Test (usually fasting)
- Urine Routine & Microscopy
- Blood Group & Rh Factor
- X-Ray Chest
- Lipid Profile
- Kidney function test
- Liver function test
- Optional tests
- HBsAg (Hepatitis)
Employee health checkup is every company's responsibility. Indus has designed special executive health checkup packages and pre employment health checkup packages.
It also offers tailor-made packages as per company's specific requirements.
Also, under section 80 D, from 2012 onwards, Government of India has announced a tax benefit of Rs. 5000/- u/s for preventive health checkups.