Rising levels of obesity could see a substantial rise in the number of people applying for health insurance, says money saving website Quoteboffin.
With 20% of the population now classed as clinically obese and more people dying from weight related diseases than ever before, the UK's obesity crisis is adding a heavyweight strain to the NHS that is impossible to ignore.
At £2.6 billion a year, the cost of obesity related NHS bills is asking taxpayers to dig deeper and deeper into their pockets in order to cover the cost. Causing most concern however is the effect that obesity is having on NHS resources and waiting times that have begun to rocket as obesity related illnesses add even more patients to already crowded lists.
The fear of long waiting lists will be the main driver towards private medical insurance claims QuoteBoffin.co.uk: “With rising levels of obesity adding months, if not years, to already overcrowded waiting lists it's no wonder that more consumers will begin turning their attention to private health cover in order to guarantee prompt and professional medical treatment."
Private medical insurance: News update: 1 March 2010