Wednesday, 18 September 2013

1 in 3 BRITS WOULD RATHER TURN TO A HEALTH GADGET THAN THEIR DOCTOR

I found this post rather interesting, thought I would share with you. Especially as I'm kicking myself into shape...  

1 in 3 BRITS WOULD RATHER TURN TO A HEALTH GADGET THAN THEIR DOCTOR
-       Trend could save NHS an estimated £36bn


Over a third (35%) of Brits are turning to health gadgets instead of their doctor, potentially saving the NHS billions of pounds, according to new research published today.

The survey* by independent shopping price comparison engine, PriceSpy.co.uk, was conducted to measure how gadgets such as pedometers, BMI calculators and heart rate monitors are improving the nation’s health.

The NHS currently spends around £103bn a year on health services**. However these handy little gadgets could soon be saving it an estimated £36bn pounds each year*** as one in three health gadget users now make fewer visits to their doctor.

The top 10 UK cities most likely to use a gadget rather than visit the doctor are:
 
1.    Belfast  - 60%
2.    London – 40%
3.    Birmingham 40%
4.    Norwich – 39%
5.    Southampton – 37%
6.    Glasgow – 37%
7.    Newcastle – 37%
8.    Edinburgh – 36%
9.    Manchester – 33%
10.  Liverpool – 32%

It’s not all good news though; people are now more likely to wrongly diagnose themselves. 21% of people in Edinburgh are using gadgets to find out what illness they are suffering from compared to 20% in Belfast and 16% in Norwich.

The following league table shows which health problems people are using gadgets to help diagnose or provide peace of mind:
 
1.         Fitness – 70%
2.         Weight loss – 56%
3.         General health – 55%
4.         Heart condition – 31%
5.         Improved joints – 27%
6.         Strength training – 25%
7.         Insomnia – 13%
8.         Cosmetic appearance – 13%
9.         Illness – 12%

Erik Lorentz, Head of Communications, at PriceSpy.co.uk said: “It’s surprising to see that so many people are using health gadgets to improve their fitness and wellbeing, but also to avoid a trip to the doctor. The findings could have major implications for NHS spend and waiting times, particularly if the technology behind health gadgets continues to evolve!”

A surprising half of people own at least two or more health gadgets with 47% owning a pedometer, 44% using a Wii Fit and 24%  relying on a heart rate monitor.

The biggest spenders are people in Glasgow with over a third of respondents (35%) claiming to have spent over £100 on health gadgets. London, Manchester and Edinburgh come second with being the most flush with their cash, with a fifth of people spending over £100.

From the latest health gadgets to fitness and outdoor equipment, PriceSpy.co.uk independently checks the prices of over 400,000 products across the UK. Monitoring over 1,500 retailers, the site is the consumer champion – finding the right product, at the right price, at the right time.

For further information, visit www.pricespy.co.uk or follow on Twitter @PriceSpyUK.

I am definitely one of the people using gadgets to monitor my health but if I were seriously unfit I would see my doctor first.  I personally feel gadgets are great. The next gadget on my wishlist will be a heart rate monitor. 

What about you?

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