Health and Lifestyle for the over 50s

Should the NHS refuse to treat people with lifestyle related conditions


Certain people make bad lifestyle choices and choose bad habits that seriously damage their health. They smoke, they drink too much, they eat too much and/or eat the wrong things and they exercise too little. They ignore the advice and evidence against their lifestyles but then they expect the NHS to help them when the inevitable health problems occur. Their behaviour costs the NHS (and therefore the rest of us taxpayers who are more responsible) a fortune. They are one of the problems dragging the health service down and if something doesn’t give it will go bust and we will all lose out.

On the other hand is it really that simple? We could all make better lifestyle choices but we make light of our vices and if we’re lucky we get away with it better than those less fortunate than ourselves. Do people really make these lifestyle choices knowing and expecting that they will experience severe health problems which in some cases are life threatening? Wouldn’t we all want the NHS to be there for us if we needed it?

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