Over-50s happy to pay

More than half of over-50s would pay for drugs or treatments not available on the NHS, according to a survey for Saga.

The poll of 6,000 people aged over 50 found that 52 per cent would pay for treatment for conditions like cancer if they were not available on the NHS because NICE had ruled they were not cost-effective.

A tenth of respondents said they would pay over £5,200 a year for treatments.

The researchers found that 45 per cent would pay for preventive drugs costing an average of £670 a year. The survey found that 81 per cent would take a daily pill to prevent future disease.

A total of 15 per cent of respondents said that they had been denied NHS treatment on the basis of cost.

Under the present healthcare system, if someone decides to pay for an element of their own treatment they have to fund all their treatment privately.

However, it is likely that the new generation of treatments will cost more than £670 a year, according to Saga.



52% of over-50s would fund care

Source: Saga.

Comment below and tell us what you think 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

Whitehall street sign

NHS officials doubled in two years as GP workforce dropped

Staff employed by NHS England and the DHSC doubled in two years from the start of...

Child coughing

NICE traffic light tool that helps GPs spot seriously ill under-5s 'unreliable'

NICE's 'traffic light' system - intended to help GPs identify risk of serious illness...

Pregnant woman receives COVID-19 vaccine

COVID-19 vaccine uptake in pregnant women rising but stark inequality remains

More than half of pregnant women are now double vaccinated against COVID-19 as uptake...

Vaccination tracker

UK COVID-19 vaccination programme tracker

GPs across the UK have led the largest-ever NHS vaccination programme in response...

GMC sign

Overseas-graduate GPs fare worse in medical tribunals due to lack of legal help

UK GPs who graduated overseas face worse outcomes in GMC cases because they are far...

Woman using HRT patch

Practical advice for GPs on prescribing HRT

GP menopause specialists Dr Louise Newson and Dr Olivia Jones provides an overview...