Friday, February 08, 2008

Something to think about.

Consider this. As we move closer and closer to the reality of government health care there are a few things we need to consider. According to a resent Dutch study about the impact of smoking and obesity, the Dutch health care system has determined that people that smoke or are overweight actually save the health care system money by dying sooner than their healthy counterparts. According to this study, the cost to the Dutch system of a thin non-smoker since the age 20 until death is about $417,000 while the cost of an obese person from 20 until death is about $371,000. Smokers have an average cost of $326,000.
Someone who does not smoke or is not obese is more likely to live to a ripe old age and suffer from serious expensive conditions and diseases such a Alzheimer's.
While the government uses the excuse that since the burden of your decadent lifestyle will have a costly impact on the health care system to dictate what you eat and various other life choices, perhaps the answer is to simply die sooner.

1 comment:

Robin said...

BK, would you like to exchange e-mails?