Smokers and overweight back pay for lifestyle change

Patients are split over whether paying people to make healthier lifestyle changes is a good thing.

Smokers and the overweight are the greatest advocates of the policy, according to Judith Long and her colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

A survey of 515 patients found a 50/50 split on the issue, according to the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Opponents ask whether pay does change behaviour with backers saying cash is saved in the long run.

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