PruHealth Finds the Nation Believes People Should Take More Responsibility for Their Own Health

By Pruhealth, PRNE
Thursday, March 24, 2011

LONDON, March 25, 2011 - PruHealth has revealed new research that shows a third of Britons want
people to pay for 'self-inflicted' health issues, two thirds believe the
nation is unhealthier now than ten years ago and half expect the range and
quality of NHS care to decline over the next few years.

Two thirds (66%)* of Britons believe the nation is unhealthier now than
it was ten years ago, and taking more personal responsibility (69%) could be
the best foot forward.

The latest findings from PruHealth, the insurer that rewards people for
engaging in healthy behaviour, found respondents to be in line with Cameron's
'Big Society'. More than two thirds (69%) of the nation believe people should
take more responsibility for their own health, while just 19 per cent feel it
should lie on the shoulders of the NHS. Nearly a third of Britons (30%) even
go as far as believing those with 'self-inflicted' health concerns caused by
smoking, alcohol abuse or being overweight should pick up the bill

While half of respondents (50%) feel the NHS currently offers a good
level of care, many believe the range (67%) and quality (49%) of services are
likely to decrease in the next few years.

Dr Katherine Tryon at PruHealth said: "People have realised that the
nation's health is worse than even a decade ago and now the issue is whose
responsibility is it to change this - which is particularly crucial at a time
when there is increased pressure on healthcare finances. The key for both the
public and private sector will be to remove the barriers to healthy living -
for example, increasing access to healthy activities ( and
providing stronger motivation through both financial and non financial

What Brits consider as the nation's problems are not necessarily ones
they would class as their own. For example, over half of respondents (52%)
state obesity and being overweight as the greatest risk to the UK. According
to 2008 data from the latest Health and Social Care Information Centre
report** a quarter of adults (25% men, 24% women) are obese, and 42% and 32%
of men and women are overweight, yet in this nationally representative survey
less than one in ten (9%) of respondents consider it a personal healthcare

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Dr Katherine Tryon at PruHealth continued: "While people are aware of an
unhealthy nation ( they are in
denial about their own. People need to realise that the 'nation's health'
means them, but it is easy to ignore messages aimed at everybody. It's easier
said than done but making health messages personally relevant is more likely
to lead to success."

Combining personalisation with other motivating factors such as
incentivising healthy behaviour and making it easier for people to access
healthy activities is what PruHealth aims to deliver through its Vitality
programme (
PruHealth's members can complete a Health Review giving them a personal
Vitality Age reflecting their risk and personalised health goals, before
earning rewards for healthy activities in the form of cashback and discounts
with PruHealth's health and leisure partners.

Notes to editors:

* Opinium Research carried out an online poll of 2,019 British adults
from 11th - 15th February 2010. Results have been weighted to nationally
representative criteria.

** According to 'Statistics on obesity, physical activity and diet:
England, 2010, The Health and Social Care Information Centre'

About PruHealth

PruHealth was launched into the UK market in October 2004 as a joint
venture between Discovery and UK insurer, Prudential, in response to a
growing need for consumer-directed private medical insurance products. The
company offers health Insurance ( that
rewards customers for looking after themselves.

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