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UHC: What about health cost that arise due to patient irresponsibility?

Some people cause their own health problems by not taking care of themselves. Why shouldn't they have to be held responsible for their own choices?

* obesity
* diabetes
* heart disease
* STD's
* Cirosis of the liver
* hepatitis

Not saying that they deserve to die or anything, but what incentive will they have to change their ways if they have no penalties?

 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Jul. 18, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (21)
  • well, our good old Prez himself smokes and HE gets the best care EVER!!!! what does THAT tell you about your ideas???
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:15 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • * skateboarding/extreme sports injuries?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:49 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • Everything on your list can be caused by outside means as well. Either by heredity, side effects of other conditions/treatments or exposure to hazardous materials. How do you differentiate between the guy who got cirrhosis from drinking and the one who has Wilson's disease or cystic fibrosis? How about the people who got HIV from blood transfusions before they knew to screen blood for it, or the ones who were infected by cheating spouses?
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 2:54 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • What your talking about is one of the slippery slope concerns of government-run health care. You have three options:

    1) just let the tax payers foot the bill no matter what.

    2) make people pay for their own bills (while struggling to figure out exactly what degree of this is their own doing - which would be a costly process).

    3) Let the government decide what activities are "high risk" and let them make it illegal or higher taxed all together.

    Personally, I don't like any of the options - especially number 3 I think would mess with our personal freedoms.
    mogencreative

    Answer by mogencreative at 2:54 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • You do realize everything you listed can also be caused by things other then patient irresponsibility?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:55 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • But why should we all pay for people who have no self control?
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:07 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • Many health insurance companies are now requiring people to take responsibility for themselves if they want to keep low premiums. For some, its joining a gym, stop smoking, etc.

    These companies aren't going to continue to stay in operations if they don't do something quick. These conditions-ESPECIALLY diabetes are epic and will continue to grow.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:08 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • "But why should we all pay for people who have no self control?"

    Exactly - why should we even go for this public option? A private health insurance can change deductibles and rates based on a person's habits. A public plan won't be able to.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:14 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • But why should we all pay for people who have no self control?

    We shouldn't. We shouldn't pay for the ones who do either. But the fact is we do, and always will, at least until Medicare finally goes bankrupt when there's nothing left but IOU's.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:14 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

  • Heart disease, obesity and diabetes can be easily attributed to the poor quality of the American diet, convenience (processed), fast foods , a busy lifestyle, and lack of fitness and nutrition education, all encouraged by the government, which prevent people from having time to do healthy activities and cook healthy food. Perhaps if our country didn't mandate such a hectic lifestyle (few can afford to live on one income anymore) we could all take better care of ourselves.

    I'm not saying there's no personal responsibility or accountability on the citizens part, I'm just stating that the way life in this country current stands, does make it difficult to make healthy choices.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 3:27 PM on Jul. 18, 2009

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