People to pay for treatment for self-induced problems

People who need treatment as a result of self-induced problems such as excess drinking, smoking or misbehaving should be made to pay for their treatment.  

Why the contribution is important

Far too much money is spent on 'mopping up' after abuse of health and quite often it happens again and again.  No lesson is learned from the experience.

by rosaliemscott on August 04, 2018 at 08:43AM

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  • Posted by philiom7776 August 04, 2018 at 16:23

    Another classic approach of love your neighbour but only when it suits.
  • Posted by NCarter August 05, 2018 at 09:05

    What about sports injuries, road traffic accidents etc.
    Not sure where you could draw the line.

  • Posted by Simister2 August 05, 2018 at 10:59

    Yes if it was as a direct result of an individuals chose to drink or drug related accidents.
  • Posted by Andrew2468 August 05, 2018 at 22:44

    Most ilnesses could be said to be self induced if you want - if you play sport you may break a leg, but if not you may get a heart attack. In any case, the NHS isn't a charity paid for by someone else - it is an insurance paid by the taxpayer and it should give good cover to those who is insures.
  • Posted by Mosaicdeb August 06, 2018 at 20:19

    This would become a very exclusive NHS. Most 'self-induced' conditions/illnesses etc are more than likely linked to mental ill health, which, in itself, is grossly underfunded.
  • Posted by ClareIOMGov August 09, 2018 at 11:33

    People who are obese (non medical obesity) or abuse their bodies through drink/drugs should pay for their treatment. If they can afford a massive food intake, alcohol or drugs, they can afford the treatment.

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  • Posted by Nicola2IOMGov September 11, 2018 at 19:44

    Self-inflicted injuries e.g. alcohol induced/drug taking /sports accidents (not injuries) should be charged, with incremental rise on repeat attendance at surgeries and hospital.

    (Feedback received through offline engagement and 5* rating attributed - Site moderator).
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