Monthly Archives: September 2007

‘NHS should not treat those with unhealthy lifestyles’ say Tories

04 September 2007 he Evening Standard

Failing to follow a healthy lifestyle could lead to free NHS treatment being denied under the Tory plans.

Patients would be handed “NHS Health Miles Cards” allowing them to earn reward points for losing weight, giving up smoking, receiving immunisations or attending regular health screenings.

Like a supermarket loyalty card, the points could be redeemed as discounts on gym membership and fresh fruit and vegetables, or even give priority for other public services – such as jumping the queue for council housing.

But heavy smokers, the obese and binge drinkers who were a drain on the NHS could be denied some routine treatments such as hip replacements until they cleaned up their act.

The serious aspect of this report is that the Conservatives prior to the election really seemed to believe in “Deserts based rationing”. What do you think?