Half of us would pay to cover NHS shortfalls?

16 August 2013

According to a You Gov consumer research report, commissioned by First Assist Insurance Services (who, coincidentally, provide private healthcover), many of us are expecting NHS services to decline, with half of us thinking about paying for additional cover. 48% of people surveyed polled expect the service provided by the NHS to deteriorate in the next year, and 59 per cent expecting waiting times to increase.

Maintenance of Government spending levels was also a concern, with 48% anticipating a fall in NHS funding. Many people think some services should be cut to allow greater funding for more universal health concerns, with tattoo removal, cosmetic surgery and weight loss surgery being top of the list.firstassist not available nhs

As a result, 41% of respondents said they would (definitely or possibly) consider private healthcare products. Nine per cent have already purchased cover, which could mean that half of the UK will end up paying to supplement the insufficient NHS provision.

firstassist buy private health

But is this a good thing? If people can afford to pay, should they, or should the NHS be truly universal and free?  Are there just too many people not paying enough in taxes?

TOPICS:   Health

7 comments

  • Justin A.
    "Many people think some services should be cut to allow greater funding for more universal health concerns, with tattoo removal, cosmetic surgery and weight loss surgery being top of the list." - Common sense and entirely fair.
  • Boring B.
    @Justin: You can't get these on the NHS now anyway, never have been able to.
  • Chewbacca
    Maybe if those who did not contribute were denied all but emergency lifesaving treatment, we could afford a better NHS. Yes, I'm talking about dole scroungers and illegal immigrants. Mandatory sterilistation for the lower socio-economic demographic would help as well, reversals available once those affected could prove their worth to society. Readership of this site would take a massive hit though. Oh well, never mind. The fucking morons.
  • Big M.
    Free boob jobs for hotties. Fatties get fuck all.
  • Chewbacca
    ^Just think folks, if my policies had been implemented 15 years ago, shit like the post directly above this one would never have happened.
  • fibbingarchie
    'Are there just too many people not paying enough in taxes?' No, there are just too many people living off what others pay in taxes.
  • J
    @ boring boy You can get weight watchers for free on the NHS also gastric bands are weight loss surgery and you can get those as well.

What do you think?

Connect with Facebook, Twitter, or just enter your email to sign in and comment.

Your comment