Cost and consideration
Our survey found that overwhelmingly, people do not consider the cost of consultations and procedures they receive on the NHS. Equally they don’t worry about whether or not the free treatment they receive may be taking treatment away from someone else in greater need. 75% of respondents said neither of these factors were considerations when seeking help from the NHS – demonstrating just how much British citizens have come to take it for granted.
The research also threw up results indicating that the older the respondents were, the fewer concerns they had about the cost of consultations or depriving others of treatment, with each age group caring less than the one before it.
41% of 16 to 24-year-olds said these were concerns, dropping to just 16% of 65 to 74-year-olds. Indicating perhaps, that older generations both feel that they’ve paid enough into the NHS to benefit from it without feeling guilty, plus because of their age they may be more likely to need treatment for chronic or life-threatening conditions.
Conversely, the majority of the same respondents did claim to care generally about the cost of procedures to the NHS; 62% said they were concerned that the NHS was under strain, which could mean they were not a priority.
However, that still left nearly 40% of people unmoved – with no concerns about the strain on the service and who believed they should always be entitled to free healthcare.
Young respondents were marginally more likely to be concerned, with 67% of 16 to 24-year-olds voicing their worries about strains to the service compared to 59% of 75 to 84-year-olds.
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