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Originally posted by Sherlock Holmes
What I would like to see in the UK is an end to automatic free healthcare for self-inflicted illnesses, diseases and injuries, such as those brought about by smoking, drinking, drug-taking and eating crap.
Of course, the process of deciding what constitutes a ''self-inflicted'' need for healthcare would need to be thoroughly transparent and clear to everyone, but I don't see why we should continue to fund the treatment of people whose preventable actions directly led to the need for medical help in first place.
edit on 20-4-2012 by Sherlock Holmes because: (no reason given)
tax from cigarretes £6bn
Originally posted by randomtangentsrme
I agree. But you forgot the two biggest offenders, Cattle farmers, and motorists.
Originally posted by cranspace
Smokers cost the Nhs £1.2 billion
So in my book that puts the NHS and the Government £4.8 billion in profit