If you’re British, blob-shaped, and a feminist who spends your time dragging away on fags (cigarettes, you wimp) you can no longer receive surgery on the government’s buck. The NHS has decided to refuse service to fat smokers who need to to be cut open (see Thanks Single Payer! NHS Surgery Waiting List at Highest Level in Years… and Another Single-Payer ‘Success.’ UK Patients Dying Alone Because of Shortages…).
The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.
The restrictions – thought to be the most extreme yet to be introduced by health services – immediately came under attack from the Royal College of Surgeons.
So actual doctors take issue with NHS’s directive. Noted.
The criteria also mean smokers will only be referred for operations if they have stopped smoking for at least eight weeks, with such patients breathalysed before referral.
The restrictions mean those with a Body Mass Index of 30 or more will be set targets to reduce their weight by 10 per cent over nine months, with those with a BMI over 40 will be told to cut their weight by 15 per cent.
Before you applaud because you hate fat people who smoke, don’t.
Three little thingies need to be pointed out. Firstly, if the NHS is supposed to be a national service offered to taxpayers, why can’t certain taxpayers access it? If it’s supposed to be a right, it should be applied equally. Going by their own social rules proclaimed from atop the tallest moral high horses.
Secondly, obese people eat their dark feelings and smokers blow away their anxieties. If the service is meant to serve the underserved, why are they picking on “stereotyped” groups? So much for compassion.
Thirdly, today it’s smokers and fat people. Tomorrow it’s people who race motorcycles. Ride horses. Compete in Brazilian Jujitsu. Consume alcohol. Smoke pot. If the government can decide whom to serve based on behavior, where exactly does it stop? You may not be a fat smokey love bear, but that doesn’t mean your vice of choice won’t be up for the chopping block next. Tread carefully.
This is why we don’t want nationalized healthcare:
- We don’t want to pay for others’ unhealthy habits. Your body, your choice, your income.
- We want the freedom to stick a burger or a fag in our mouths without consequence. We’ll pay for our own burger, fag, and healthcare, thanks.
Wait, this is America. Make that a burger-flavored fag.
When healthcare is socialized, we lose our autonomy and the government gets to play God. Results spell disaster for sick babies like Charlie Gard, whales who enjoy puffing nauseous fumes, and anyone else the government feels like killing. Equality.
Welcome to the crap holes Canada calls healthcare clinics. Brought to you by socialism.