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People who cause their own illnesses through unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets should have to pay more for health care.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
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It is argued that those who are primary responsible persons for their own diseases have to pay more for health care when compared to normal morbid population. Even though the viewpoint appears to be true, it is inhumane to show such discrimination.
The preliminary reasons why I hesitate to agree to the notion is because most ailments they suffer are likely to be serious, and they would have been already in an utterly exhausted economic condition. For example, a person with lung cancer who once was a chronic smoker might have already spent a huge sum for his treatment. His family who is not the primary responsible element which would have caused this situation, now has no option, but to suffer heavily because such diseases are long-term in nature. In such a miserable condition, it is inhumane to neglect the economic needs of these people.
Considering the fact that the situations of those who are suffering adverse health conditions because of their own habits and lifestyle are not likely to be brought back to normal, the other members of the society have to take a humanistic approach towards them. Instead of making them paying more, I feel the responsible authorities should avail them subsidized health care. Voluntary organizations should also extend their help towards these people.
However, a significant portion of the revenue of the many states is channelled to treat such population. When looked from a common tax-payer’s view, it is irrational for the whole society to bear this huge medical expense, just because these conditions are mostly the end consequences of their deeds and inappropriate approach towards health maintenance.
To conclude, albeit it appears to be rational for making people who are directly responsible for their unfavorable health pay more for their treatment, I feel we have to take a generous approach towards them.