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Many people each year leave their accounts to the last minute, but with the January deadline out of the way, it’s a good time to look at how a different kind of procrastination can prove to be an obstacle to healthcare accounting.

That is because a failure to take prompt action on all kinds of health concerns could be harming the bottom line earnings of many doctors and dentists.

Figures from Scottish Widows reveal that our own health is the main cause of concern for Britons, with 57% of those surveyed by the financial services provider saying it is a source of worry for them.

And yet, going to the doctor or dentist is also the most delayed plan, with 28% of people – half as many as worry about their health – procrastinating when it comes to scheduling a check-up.

If procrastinating patients are causing you concerns when it comes to healthcare accounting, you’re not alone – Scottish Widows also found money troubles rank high on the list for many people.

Everyday budgets are the second-most frequent cause for concern, while saving for retirement ranks joint second among the most often delayed activities.