Pets’ health takes sway

By Leslie Berry

Patients are more likely to pay for the healthcare of their pet than go for a private healthcare check-up, a study has found.

Research commissioned by Bluecrest Health Screening found that half of UK adults (48%) pay for health checks and appointments for their pets, but just one in ten (11%) said they would invest in a medical check for themselves.

Those polled spent twice as much money getting their pet’s health examined, spending £90 on average, compared to just an average of £46 getting their own health checked out, over a period of five years. 

This is despite the majority of people (58%) saying they worry about their health on a daily basis.