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    Lauren
    Keymaster

    BBC News – ‘Lifestyle patients’ may have to pay for their drugs in future says MP

    What are your opinions on this topic? I just found it on our Facebook page (if you visit our Facebook page, please click on the ‘like’ button – if you like it!) and thought it was a very interesting angle. Basically saying if you ‘choose’ to be fat, an alcoholic, smoker or drug addict you should pay more for your treatment.

    My opinion is: are they going to include people who play dangerous sports, wear 6″ platform shoes and those who do DIY??!! (Not all at the same time.) Is it ever fair to marginalise someone becuase of their lifestyle choices. Would anyone actually choose to be an addict?

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    Paul-H
    Participant

    Its always so easy to target what is often viewed as soft targets. If they want to save money in the NHS perhaps they should look closer to home, with all the millions spent out in compensation due to poor training, poor management and rushing things to meet targets, or all the Health tourists that also cost us millions or. There are loads of better ways for the NHS to save millions rather than targeting soft easy targets.

    After all if a smoker gets lung cancer who is to say that it was the smoking after all there are loads of smokers without lung cancer and there are loads of lung cancer patients that have never smoked in their lives, yes it is a contributing factor but its not all the story. As for the obese, its generally accepted nowadays that the obese might just have some form of mental issue, what next stop giving meds to all the patients with a mental illness.

    Paul

    #48511
    Lauren
    Keymaster

    Very good point Paul. We ARE easy targets as obese people because our ‘addiction’ shows. We wear it on the outside unlike a drug addict who can look totally ‘normal’. It’s time people stopped blaming and started helping.

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