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  109 months ago

Should people be treated on the NHS for "self inflicted" conditions?

There are many conditions that contribute towards certain illnesses and lots of illnesses that can be prevented or the effects/symptoms reduced by healthy living. Obesity, smoking, alcohol abuse and drug taking are the ones that immediately spring to mind but there are other things that may fall under the "self inflicted" banner: extreme sports, everyday sports, sex involving objects, waxing, tanning, lack of hygiene. I feel it's a very fine line and who's judgement would be used. How would you measure wha was excessive? Would you refuse to treat a diabetic who enjoyed chocolate/excess amounts of carbohydrate or loads of butter on their crumpets? Would you refuse to treat a cancer victim who smokes? What about a cancer victim who smoked twenty years ago? What about a skater who broke their ankle? Or a footballer who broke their ankle? It's a difficult choice, I'm glad I don't have to make it.


  109 months ago
I believe that all should be treated regardless as the NHS is for everybody and where would you draw the line? I agree with all the points that you have made and it annoys me when people say that smokers shouldn't be treated because they have brought it on themselves; what about the thousands that the government makes from smokers by raking in the tax they levy on cigs?


  109 months ago
Yes, of course they should. The majority of people in this country are, or have contributed to the NHS via their National Insurance contributions. And that is what it is - an insurance against things going wrong, no matter what the cause. It would be inhuman to deny someone medical treatment because they were overweight, an alcoholic, extreme sports enthusiast or whatever.


  109 months ago
Of course you treat them, what are you going to do, go American and leave people to die in their homes of treatable illnesses? It's inhuman to do it, that's why there are charity hospitals in the states, but for the most part people are routinely denied transplants because they can't afford the immuno-suppressive drugs they'll need the rest of their lives, even children die because of it. People will always be a bit weak and a bit stupid, it's just the way we are, and there's not a lot we can do to change it. When hubby was in hospital being given chemo for his brain tumour I'd show up and have to walk past cancer patients sitting outside having a smoke. We can't stop living our lives, and what do we pay our NHS fees for if not coverage? Should we all just pay the money and stay inside and not move so all the managers can have shiny new cars? No, we live our lives, we die our deaths, and if we're very lucky we have a few good years inbetween.

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