Hypothetical question

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20/07/2012 at 18:50

If you were offered a choice between financial security for life (whatever that means to you) or ten years of guaranteed good health, which would you choose?

20/07/2012 at 18:51

Financial security. Without a seconds thought.

20/07/2012 at 18:53
Health definitely. You can create your own financial security but health is a bit more of a lottery.
20/07/2012 at 19:00

I think I'd go for financial security. I've not had much luck creating it so far, and I think to a certain extent you can buy good health - top health care, good food, time to invest in fitness...


20/07/2012 at 19:08
20/07/2012 at 19:21
Ah but there's a big difference between financial security (which I wouldq class myself as having) and being wealthy enough to pay squillions for treatment for serious illness if the NHS ran out of options.
20/07/2012 at 19:29

I suppose that's where personal definition of financial security comes into it!

I think part of why I'd go for the money is that I've never really had good health, so I don't know what I'm missing. Warped logic

20/07/2012 at 20:14

Health - no point being rich if I feel too shit to enjoy it.  In fact given I am always much healthier when skint financial security is clearly a big helath risk for me - but then again with financial security I could pay for whatever it takes to straighten my psychi out

nah still health - feeling great usually means I go for bigger things because they fit in with my whole view of life at the time.  So I would expect the financial security to follow because i would make it so

20/07/2012 at 22:06

Financial security - because I think the chances are my health will be OK for the next 10 years anyway so I'd take the gamble.   I am interpreting financial security as being a lot better off than I am now though - not just knocking along being able to pay the mortgage kind of thing.  

20/07/2012 at 22:21


popsider wrote (see)

Financial security - because I think the chances are my health will be OK for the next 10 years anyway

Other way round for me, I am more confident of my finances than my health.

I don't need a lot of money, but health makes such a difference

Edited: 20/07/2012 at 22:22
20/07/2012 at 23:43

Good health.

21/07/2012 at 17:19
I reckon my running, my healthy diet, and my current health levels all mean I'm fairly confident of being in decent nick for the next ten years, so guaranteeing good health for 10 years doesn't have that much value to me.

However, financial security for life is probably something I will never truly have (at least not as I define it - which means not having to think about money as a consideration)......

As such, I would take a risk and go for the financial security for life, as long as there wasn't anything in the small print that said I had be unwell for the next ten years....
Edited: 21/07/2012 at 17:20
21/07/2012 at 17:45

No small print


21/07/2012 at 18:08

Financial security and good health are probably linked.

21/07/2012 at 20:19

As a few of you know I have not had any financial security recently - and its on a down turn againat the moment but I would still chose health - I can cope with lots of things so much better with good health. 

Lee the Pea    pirate
21/07/2012 at 20:47
Financial security, as 10 years is feck all.
21/07/2012 at 22:16

I'd go for financial security over health because even if I then contracted some illness I'd want to know that my family were provided for and that even while I was ill that there were times when we could still enjoy things.


21/07/2012 at 22:34

Had a health check a couple of weeks ago and appareantly I have a 5.37% chance of a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years - can't be complacent, some work to do, but financial security would go a long way to help lower that figure.

21/07/2012 at 22:43

.Health for me.  I don't like being unwell.

Edited: 22/07/2012 at 15:07
22/07/2012 at 17:49

Financial security, becuae for me worrying about finances is a big part in making myself unwell. When things are Ok financially, I tend to be in a much better mental state - whic is just better for everyone all round. 

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