Latest research by health cash and private medical insurer HSA reveals a worrying picture for the future health of the UK.
The annual benchmark survey has found that the nation is losing its faith in the National Health Service with only a third of respondents thinking the NHS will always be a part of the UK healthcare system, and a further 59% are concerned they may not be able to afford the cost of health in the future.
Abby Bowman, for HSA explains: “The National Health Service has been an integral part of our culture since 1948, and it is a service towards which many of us feel fiercely loyal. However, it seems that we are no longer convinced that it will always be around to support us.
"Perhaps it is time for the government to compensate those that purchase their own private healthcare, and who are effectively helping to take the strain off the NHS, by offering them reduced tax or National Insurance. Our research also shows that 46% of people would be more likely to purchase private healthcare if it meant that their NI contributions were reduced.”
Key findings from the benchmark survey also reveal:
- When asked how people would budget for healthcare in the future - just under half would consider purchasing some sort of healthplan or set up a savings account specifically for healthcare
- When asked how people would budget for healthcare in the future - 48% would either not plan to budget, would not be able to or did not know what they would do, 4% would take out a loan or use a credit card to fund their healthcare
- 28% are concerned that a lack of NHS funding will mean that most people will not have access to vital services
- Only 3% had no concerns about the future health of the nation