Tuesday, 18th September 2018
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The 13th Pfizer Health Index, an annual survey which charts the health perceptions, behaviours and attitudes of Irish adults, was launched to an audience of healthcare and stakeholder groups at Buswells Hotel.

The study of health and wellness focuses on attitudes and perception of health, disease incidence, illness experience and impact, health funding, interaction with medical services and levels of health insurance, among other areas. This year's findings demonstrated that:

Irish people's view on the greatest priorities for Government spending has remained the same as last year, with health as the top priority (62%), followed by education (12%) and job creation (11%);

The majority of people surveyed (69%) rate their health as 7 out of 10 or higher, with only 6% of those giving their health a score of 10 out of 10;

A significant change in this year's Index is the overall prioritisation being given to finances as the top personal concern for Irish people (32%); previously family and personal health were the top concerns listed;

Chronic pain has the most severe impact on the quality of life for those living with a condition;

In terms of medical insurance levels, 29% of people surveyed have neither private medical insurance or a medical card, a 3% increase on last year.

However, when we look at those under the age of 40 (20-39) that figure increases even further, with 38% having to self-fund in the event of a medical issue;

Almost half of all women (48%) and 57% of all adults over 50 surveyed have been involved in a national screening programme this year, showing an encouraging commitment to disease prevention.


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