Monday, March 17, 2008

What could you do with £100 billion?

According to a new report, ill health costs our economy an awful lot of cash.
Ill health costs the British economy over £100bn a year—the same as the cost of running the NHS for a year, a report is set to say.

Um... Isn't the NHS run for... well... people who are ill. That is to say, have "ill health"? Or am I just being hopelessly naive?
Dame Carol's report will say the total cost of ill-health to the British economy is around £103bn.

The bulk of that—£63bn—is made of the benefit costs and lost taxes for people who are not working due to illness or disability.

The rest of the bill is made up the cost of the care given by family and friends, the cost to an employer of having someone absent from work and other additional costs.

Well, thank you for that, Dame Carol. Still, £100 billion is a lot of money.

Strangely enough, £100 billion is approximately the amount of money wasted by the state last year, according to the Bumper Book Of Government Waste.
Welcome again to the world of waste. In this new edition of The Bumper Book, Matthew Elliott and Lee Rotherham have unearthed a staggering £101 billion of government misspending—all paid for by you, the taxpayer.

Gosh. How terrible. Do you reckon that anything worthwhile is going to get done about any of this?

I wouldn't bet on it.


Shug Niggurath said...

This government is getting ever more obsessed with the health of the poulation... when do you think the morning star jumps will be 'encouraged'

Strength Through Joy indeed.

GavinB said...

"The bulk of that—£63bn—is made of the benefit costs and lost taxes for people who are not working due to illness or disability."

As far as i was aware my decision to work is between myself and my employer, if i throw too many sickies then i get fired.

But then again perhaps Dame Carol views my labour as belonging to the state and im not being a good tax slave by choosing to sleep in

peter carter-fuck said...

£101 billion of government waste? I don't think so. That might be a start, but if 80% of government spending isn't waste I'm a Dutchman. And I'm not.

Anonymous said...

piss it up the fucking wall?

ade said...

Or am I just being hopelessly naive?

No, but the NHS costs a bit over £100bn to run every year, and then these benefit-scroungers cost another £100bn a year; so the actual cost of sick people to this country is nearer £200bn.

Of course, many of those are genuinely ill, and some (perhaps even many) of those on benefits are genuinely unable to work.

But not fucking all of them by a long chalk.