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Majority believe PMI will be necessary by 2010


The majority of people believe they will ultimately be forced to pay for medical care, according to research by specialist provider Saga.


Nearly three quarters, or 74 per cent, of its 1011 representative respondents believe private medical insurance will be a necessity within the next decade.


The provider is using the figures to argue against the withdrawal of tax relief on PMI for the over 60s, announced in New Labour&#39s first budget in July 1997, particularly as 64 per cent of those surveyed believe the NHS discriminates against people over 60.


Saga Services managing director Andrew Goodsell says: “We believe the Government should reconsider their withdrawal of tax relief on PMI premiums for older people.”

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