Just as well we’re all working towards being healthier and living longer, not to mention that we will be less of a burden on our fellow tax payers. ¬† Look what the obesity epidemic is causing in the UK right now:
Family doctors could be offered bonuses for weighing thousands of patients under NHS proposals to tackle obesity.
They would be given financial incentives for recording the weight of anyone with an underlying health problem triggered by being overweight.
Based on existing incentives, the payments could range from ¬£1,500 to ¬£15,000 a year per GP surgery depending on how effective they are deemed at helping the NHS.
The plans have been drawn up by health watchdog NICE in the hope of ultimately saving the NHS billions of pounds by treating complications caused by obesity. The news of the proposals comes amid increasing controversy over the cost of obesity to the state.
This month Channel 5 documentary, Benefits: Too Fat To Work featured couple Michelle and Stephen Beer, who say their weight prevents them from working. Between them they weigh 54 stone and receive around ¬£1,700 a month in benefits.
The idea is that it will be cheaper to pay for ¬†proactively getting these people healthier than to have to pay for their health problems from now until they die. ¬† Read more »