Currently as the system works if you admit to smoking, or admit to heavy drinking, your health insurance goes up. But if you live in a place like the UK.. as far as the free health service goes, nothing happens regardless of how well or how poorly you treat yourself.
I personally feel everyone deserves health care regardless of what they do to themself.. so i'm not saying for a moment that we cut back health care for anyone.
But! I was thinking.. *can already hear the boo's and hisses*.
How about this some way of increasing the contribution of those that want to smoke, drink heavily and the like towards a countries health service.
There's lots of ways to do it.. like cigerette taxes being increased.. and 100% of cigerette tax going to the health services. Same with alcohol. Or maybe some other scheme where you need a license to buy certain things.. and people with that license get taxed more and that extra tax going into the health service.
I do have a personal gripe about this issue. It's a bit annoying to note that if something bad should happen to me meaning I'd need a lung transplant or the like.. despite the fact I don't smoke.. I'd be way down in the waiting list for organs behind all the people that brought it on themself through smoking. Even though I pay just as much as they would and kept myself in a better position to stay healthy, I'd still lose out.
People putting themselves into health troubles through smoking and drinking make up the majority of the drain on the NHS (national health service) in the UK second only to ageing, with smoking being the leading cause of preventable death. The number of smokers is actually increasing, while the amount spent on bolstering the NHS is not. Doesn't take a maths wizard to realise that it's a situation that cannot support itself. We have an aging population to worry about as it is.. increasing numbers of smokers isn't helping the situation at all.
So why not make it even more financially beneficial for people to cut back on bad habits a little. If people want to smoke.. then they have to pay more into the health system to support their habit. If they quit.. the health system gets less money.. but also less strain from the issues smoking causes.
Cigerette tax in the uk has no preset destination currently (though the government has claimed it does help the health service they've never backed this up with proof). For all we know it could be going towards anything from the war in iraq, to creating extra lines on the London underground network.
It's the same logic that would say.. petrol taxes going to efforts to support the environment.. therefore the more we drive.. the more resources are available to counter the pollution effects.
None of what I am suggesting here would ever come to pass in my opinion.. there's just way too many 3rd parties in a position of power that would block any suggestion I've made being seriously considered no matter who tryed to implement them.
The discussion here is more a hypothetical one of "would it work?" and if not, why not? Also.. who would like to see something like this or similar implemented, and who would hate it, and think it's too big brotherish?