?An increasing interest in personal health and well-being means staff now value private medical insurance (PMI) above many other employee benefits, Bupa’s Health of the Nation survey reveals.

The survey found that PMI comes second only to a pension as a desirable employee benefit.

More than half of employed people questioned would be more tempted by a job which offered PMI above one that did not.

Of those surveyed, 64% also agreed that employers should take more responsibility for their employees' health and care needs – up 4% in two years.

About three in five people think that tax incentives should be given to encourage people to take out private medical insurance.