Close to four in ten pensioners in Scotland state they would be prepared to pay for some non-life threatening treatments, such as cataract and haemorrhoid removal, if the money saved was spent on social care.
The survey for the Herald newspaper, based on a sample of 561 Scots above the age of 65, asked respondents the following question: “Currently all treatments on the NHS are free at the point of use Would you be prepared to pay for some non-life threatening treatments, such as cataract and haemorrhoid removal, if the money saved was spent on social care?”
39% of over-65s said they would back such a move, providing that all savings were ring-fenced for the purposes of financing social care. However, close to have said they opposed the suggestion (49%), with 13% stating don’t know.
Interestingly, support was higher among pensioners with higher household incomes; 60% of those with incomes above £45,000 supported the suggestion, as compared to only 36% of those with incomes below £15,000, and 31% of those with incomes between £15,000 and £24,000.
Fieldwork dates and methodology can be found here.
A full breakdown of these results can be found here.
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Rob Struthers – Graduate Research Executive