In Matthew’s homeland, the National Health Service controls the vast majority of healthcare services available. Resources are limited—but the government is in control.
In the interest of safety (or is it savings?) restrictions have been placed on joint replacements for people with a body mass index of >30. This would effectively preclude half of all US adults from total hip and knee replacements.
But now a new announcement: No surgery if you smoke.
While smoking is clearly bad for you, should it disqualify you from surgery?
If smoking and obesity, why not junk food? Or inadequate exercise? Or any other habit / activity that is deemed not ‘for the public good”?
Maybe we will tax ‘unhealthy’ behaviors and earmark that money for entirely unrelated specific budget items?
Oh, yeah, we already do.
This passed in 2006 in Arizona…
As we think about healthcare reform, preserving and expanding liberty ought to be first and foremost on our minds.