How much do you spend on being ill?
We all feel a bit under the weather sometimes, and Monday-morning-it is has probably infected us all at one time or another. But instead of thinking about how much illness costs business in terms of lost productivity etc, how much does being ill cost you?
The answer, according to new survey data, is £8,500 over your adult lifetime. This figure includes prescription costs and over the counter medicines which comes out an average £5.60 per illness occurrence. And apparently we are a nation of sickly sorts- when asked “on average, how often are you unwell to the point of needing medication of some description?”, taking into account everything from a headache or hay fever to a more serious or long-term ailment, the most common answer was 'twice a month/fortnightly'. Given an estimated adult life of 63 years (with average life expectancy up to 81 years old), that works out at £8,467.20 wasted on being ill.
What’s worse, 67% of those polled said that they have, on at least one occasion, not taken medicines they needed and a third of these said they suffered drug-free because of the cost. Other reasons included the belief that they would get better before they got around to buying it or not being bothered to get out of bed to go and buy medication.
Paracetamol came top of the medicine pops, with 24% buying this medicine most frequently, followed by cold/flu medicine (21%), ibuprofen (18%), anti-allergy (16%) and antibiotics (13%). 76% of people said their most common illness was a headache, but half of these weren’t real headaches at all, but brain numbing dehydration withdrawal effects after imbibing a little too much fermented grape juice or hops.
So have you ever foregone medicine because of the cost or is any money spent on your health money well spent?