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TexasRN
08-10-2009, 10:52 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32306655/ns/health-health_care/

So how much are we, as patients, responsible for our own health? Why? Should the obese people in America pay more for insurance because they use more resources? How about smokers? Or long time diabetics who are non compliant with their treatment? What about the pregnant women who willingly do things to harm their unborn babies? Can we charge them extra because they'll require a NICU bed for their baby?


~Amy

Chuck
08-10-2009, 11:14 PM
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32306655/ns/health-health_care/

So how much are we, as patients, responsible for our own health? Why? Should the obese people in America pay more for insurance because they use more resources? How about smokers? Or long time diabetics who are non compliant with their treatment? What about the pregnant women who willingly do things to harm their unborn babies? Can we charge them extra because they'll require a NICU bed for their baby?


~Amy
Personal responsibility will be addressed but not by government... at least not yet. Safeway is an example of a company who has had great success with penalizing unhealthy lifestyles within their company. You're going to see more and more of this before you see it addressed by the government.

There are some small pieces of legislation in the House right now that address it but they will never make it out of the Senate.

rearnakedchoke
08-10-2009, 11:30 PM
Don't people already pay more for their lifestyles? when you take out life insurance or mortgage insurance, you have to take a questionaire and depending on your age and lifestyle choices, you premiums are based ... No?

rockdawg21
08-10-2009, 11:38 PM
Well it's not any different than life insurance. People who are overweight or engage in dangerous activities have higher rates than somebody who's in shape and avoids dangerous activities. This only makes sense.

At some point, people need to exercise personal responsibility in their lives in general instead of sulking on it or pointing the finger at the fast food, alcohol, tobacco, etc. industries.

Chuck
08-11-2009, 01:20 AM
Don't people already pay more for their lifestyles? when you take out life insurance or mortgage insurance, you have to take a questionaire and depending on your age and lifestyle choices, you premiums are based ... No?

With life insurance yes, people pay for their own lifestyle but with health insurance and medical costs WE pay for THEIR lifestyle.

That's the difference.

rockdawg21
08-11-2009, 01:28 AM
With life insurance yes, people pay for their own lifestyle but with health insurance and medical costs WE pay for THEIR lifestyle.

That's the difference.
Yeah, I really think if this change gets made, more people will make a change in their lifestyles. Suffer your own consequences bitches! :tongue0011: