Research carried out by Simplyhealth suggests that two thirds of people feel healthcare will be an important or major factor in their voting decision in the forthcoming general election. With 88% of respondents indicating that they intend to vote this May (compared to an average turnout of 61% in the 2005 elections), it seems that healthcare will be high on the political agenda for much of the electorate.
There was also a strong call for more emphasis to be placed on workplace health, with 59% believing that it deserves a place on the political agenda. This figure was highest amongst the under-35s, suggesting that those with decades of working life ahead of them are particularly concerned about this topic.
92% believe that politicians do not care about their health and wellbeing. The results from over 1000 adults questioned suggest that less than one in ten people polled believe that politicians are genuinely bothered about them and their health, instead feeling that they simply feign a caring attitude in order to win crucial votes.
Health cash plans: News update: 5 March 2010