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How would you feel about health cash rewards?

28th September 2010

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has said it will launch a public consultation to find out if the health service should pay out money as a way of encouraging people to be more healthy.

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NICE has already done some investigation into the idea, but it will now carry out the consultation following the approval of its citizen's council.

Almost two-thirds of the 32 council members said they would be in favour of health incentives.

NICE informed the BBC in May that it believed that incentives could play a part in reducing health problems such as obesity and smoking.

The support of the citizen's council has prompted the public consultation, which will last until the end of November.

Incentives have already been put in place in some parts of England and have received mixed reviews. NICE has also previously supported the use of incentives for drug addicts. 

It is not likely that the government would let NICE approve the use of incentives throughout the entire NHS.

NICE chairman Sir Michael Rawlins said: "We clearly face several public health challenges in today's society, some more obvious than others, and we must seek to improve these in ways that are likely to achieve the best health outcomes for those affected."

 

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Anonymous

Thursday 30th September 2010 @ 2:16

A waste of precious money.
If the conditions mentioned cannot be overcome by reasonable will power it indicates that the condition is clinical and needs medical care.
If people are too irresponsible to consider reasonable wise living patterns then they will not respond long term to bribery.
Far better to remove the practises that allow the events to occur. Most occur because of the greediness of the large super markets.

Most food is rubbish and does not feed or satisfy the system thus grazing is the norm and starts in babyhood. Alcohol should be removed from Supermarkets and only available from registered Wine and spirit dealers small enough to fear loss of their licence and to know their clientle. Pubs should lose their licence if 'an orderly house' is not kept. Research into who is supplying the money for underage drinking ----


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