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Concerns over strains on the NHS and getting prompt appointments and treatment was perhaps responsible for the one in ten people who admitted they had exaggerated a condition in order to get referred for treatment or to receive an NHS prescription.
This ten per cent of people was almost exclusively made up of younger respondents: 25% of 16 to-24-year-olds and 20% of 25 to 34-year-olds admitted to stretching the truth when seeking treatment, while just 11% of 35 to 44-year-olds admitted as much. The percentage dropped steeply again for older age brackets – just two per cent of 55 to 64-year-olds and less than one per cent of 65 to 74-year-olds admitted exaggerating.
Perhaps not all of the 90% of people who claimed to have never exaggerated a condition to be referred for treatment were telling the truth because nearly a quarter (23%) of survey respondents claimed to know of someone else exaggerating in order to get referred for treatment on the NHS.
Once again it was younger respondents who said they knew of someone who’d exaggerated symptoms to get referred for treatment: 37% of 16 to 24-year-olds said they knew of someone, while 30% of 25 to 34-year-olds also claimed to know of someone else exaggerating a condition. This dropped to just over 13.5% of 65 to 74-year-olds.
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