January 19, 2013

Fat Londoners Dilemma?

1 Exercise or Lose Your Welfare Benefits

Britain is planning to transfer billions of pounds in health care funding from the national health service to local governments, and as part of a cost-cutting plan, the Westminster Council, which governs an area of greater London, has proposed cutting the welfare benefits of those overweight recipients who fail to undertake an exercise program when one is prescribed for them by a doctor. At 22 percent, Britain has the highest obesity rate in Europe, and spending on health care is soaring. The proposal would involve using smart cards to monitor the amounts of exercise being done, and rewarding or penalizing individuals with financial incentives such as tax breaks and housing subsidies. Critics have called the proposal either silly or cruel or both.

More at Newsfeed.time.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Tags: Financial Status and Obesity, Welfare and Obesity, Overweight People on Welfare, Incentives to Exercise, Cutting Health Care Costs

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