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Britons risking their health in economic slowdown

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A new survey reveals nearly 50% are putting off important medical checks.

 

More Britons are risking their health because they cannot afford essential medical checks, new figures suggest.

 

A survey commissioned by HSF health plan found 48% of UK residents are putting off medical checks, such as the dentist or optician, because of the cost – a rise of 30% since 2006.

 

Stephen Duff, HSF health plan, says the increase may be related to the slowing economy; “The cost is living is going up and, unfortunately, this will soon be reflected in the nation’s overall health. As more of us put off visits to the dentist or optician there will be an increase in preventable diseases, like mouth cancer and glaucoma. Detecting dental and optical conditions early not only saves you money but also increases the chances of successful treatment. That is why it is important to sign up to a health cash plan, like HSF health plan, during times of economic strain. It will ensure your health doesn’t suffer along with your wallet.”

 

The survey of more than 2,000 UK residents also found that a staggering 70% believe dental visits should be covered by taxes, rather than paid for by the individual, with a further 57% adamant that the Government should be paying our optical bills.

 

With recent public debate about hefty profits gained from hospital parking, it comes as little surprise that 43% of those questioned say extra costs from staying in hospitals, such as food and parking, should also be covered by taxes.

  

Health cash plans: News update: October 2008

 

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