Socialized Medicine In The UK Turns Its Back On Smokers And The Obese

Congress voted many times to repeal Obamacare when Obama was in office, yet can’t seem to get the job done now that they have an executive who will sign a bill. But maybe they’ll try harder when they see what’s in store. Watching the UK is a great way to see what socialized medicine really looks like.

Breitbart has the story:

Britain’s socialised National Health Service (NHS) is planning to ban obese patients and smokers from having surgery unless they lose weight or kick the habit.

Under plans drawn up in Hertfordshire, the NHS say obese patients “will not get non-urgent surgery until they reduce their weight” or their circumstances are exceptional.

The new criteria insist smokers will only be referred for operations if they have quit smoking for at least eight weeks and will be forced to take breathalyser tests before their referral.

The plans will also see cuts in IVF provision and provision of medicines, causing concern the wealthy will simply pay for treatments while those on lower incomes will simply have to go without, The Telegraph reports.

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A spokesman for the Royal College of Surgeons told the paper an “urgent rethink” of policies was needed, which he said was “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.

Despite the widespread assumption that smokers cost the taxpayer money, studies have found they might actually save expenditure as they die younger and require less expensive care and treatment in their old age. Smokers also pay a huge amount of tax on their cigarettes.

It’s all pretty cold and dispassionate. The backlash from those kinds of policies would certainly combust into out of control wild fires.

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