Mate: Health insurance trumps lingerie

July 14, 2011 at 10:03 PM
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 14 (UPI) -- Young adults trying to attract a mate often shop for a sexy outfit or lingerie but a U.S. survey indicates health insurance might make them more attractive.

A survey by of 506 single young adults ages 18-30 indicates 90 percent of students and 93 percent of college graduates would be more attracted to a potential mate if they knew he or she had health insurance.

In addition, having health insurance may help move a relationship to a more intimate level -- 30 percent of students and 32 percent of graduates say they would be less likely to have sex with someone who does not have health insurance.

The survey of single adults -- full-time college students, recent college graduates, young adults working and some seeking employment -- also indicates 97 percent of the respondents consider health insurance important and are willing to give up some of their favorite things so they can afford insurance including:

-- About 68 percent say they would give up a weekly night out at a restaurant.

-- 65 percent would be willing to give up a weekly night at the movies.

-- Just a bit more than 50 percent say they would give up their daily coffee.

-- About 23 percent say they would be less likely to marry if they didn't have health insurance.

Forty-nine percent of current students and 43 percent of college graduates say they would be less likely to ride a motorcycle without health insurance, while 47 percent say they would be less likely to engage in rock climbing or skiing.

The survey, conducted by Kelton Research April 21 and April 29, has a margin of error of 6.2 percentage points.

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