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.