The NICE study examined a series of proposals, including one in Kent which pays dieters up to £425 for losing weight and another in Scotland which gives pregnant women shopping vouchers worth up to £650 for quitting smoking.
According to the proposals being considered by the health watchdog for England and Wales - people could be given cash incentives to encourage them to give up smoking or to lose weight.
- Can cash incentives motivate people to make better health choices?
- Are there better ways to encourage people to take care of their health or we are now at our last resort – hard cash?
- Would offering money as an incentive to improve health be cost-effective for the NHS or would the money be better spent elsewhere?
- Is it the right way forward?
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Please feel free to send us your views on the matter as well as to post comments in the comments box of the poll or on our Psychology & Psychotherapy Blog.
This is an important topic closely linked to our training on Motivational Interviewing and Beyond (http://www.skillsdevelopment.co.uk/seminars.php?courseid=5) and we will definitely address this issue as part of our course discussion. However, we would like to give all of you the opportunity to express your opinion whether you are taking part in the course or not.
Looking forward to hearing from you.