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  • Is over-the-counter medication enough to stop the sniffles?
  • Is over-the-counter medication enough to stop the sniffles?
    Dave Brookes, Creative Commons (2014) ©

How do you feel about over-the-counter meds?

Brits take pride in the NHS – more so than the monarchy or the army. But with 97% of people open to buying over-the-counter medication, does the nation have an affinity with popping the pills? Canvas8 sat down with 20 men and women to find out how they feel about self-medicating.

Location United Kingdom

In 2014, the Commonwealth Fund ranked the NHS as the best healthcare system compared to ten other countries on measures like effective care, efficiency and patient-centred care. [1][2] It's something Brits value highly; one study found that people favour the NHS more than the army, the monarchy and the Olympics when it comes to what makes them patriotic, with 72% saying the NHS is ‘a symbol of what is great about Britain’. [3] But as one of the world’s largest workforces – together with the US Department of Defence, Walmart and McDonald’s – maintaining it ...



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