Should the NHS reward lifestyle changes?
NICE, which advises the NHS in England and Wales, believes the incentives may help tackle obesity, smoking and drinking. It is not the first time the body - the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence - has considered incentives. It has already backed rewards to encourage people off drugs.
Incentives have also been used elsewhere in the world - in Germany social insurance contributions are reduced if people attend services such as smoking cessation and screening.
However, Roger Goss, of Patient Concern, questioned the merits of the approach and said "My instinct is that this should not be a priority. I can't see how it can be enforced." He went on to say "There is also the question about rewarding people for behaviour some people do voluntarily."
Should public money be used to reward healthier lifestyles? Is becoming healthy something people should already be doing anyway? What's the best way to promote healthy living?
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