How can people be encouraged to make better health choices?
People could be given cash incentives to encourage them to give up smoking or to lose weight under proposals being considered by the health watchdog for England and Wales. Can cash incentives encourage better health choices?
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) is considering ways to persuade people to take better care of their health, amid concern about the impact that unhealthy habits are having on the NHS.
The study examined a series of schemes, including one in Kent which pays dieters up to £425 for losing weight and another in Scotland which gives pregnant women shopping vouchers worth up to £650 for quitting smoking.
Would you be willing to lose pounds to gain pounds? Are there other ways to encourage people to take better care of their health? Would offering money as an incentive to improve health be cost-effective for the NHS or would the money be better spent elsewhere?
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