Moral Obligation to Control Risk
Universal medical care has ethical ramifications. When other people are contributing to your health care, you have a moral obligation not to incur unnecessary expense. This means you have a moral obligation to:
- Watch your diet and exercise.
- Avoid harmful drugs such as tobacco, alcohol and cocaine.
- Avoid contracting serious diseases such as HEP-C and HIV (Human Immuno-deficiency Virus).
- Avoid having children if you carry genetic defects that would mean they would need unusually expensive medical care, such as requiring a heart transplant or lifetime care for mental retardation.
- Avoid extreme sports where you stand a high chance of becoming paraplegic or brain damaged.
- Don’t demand drastic or expensive medical procedures when they would extend your life by only months.
It is only a matter of time until universal health programs start demanding people who make choices that increase their health care costs contribute extra for their treatment both before and after the trouble manifests. Another way to look at it, people are exceptionally prudent in their choices and cost little to support should get a discount on their health insurance bill.~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)