Healthcare Provision and Lifestyle Choices
Are patients entitled to healthcare whatever their lifestyle choices? From Debating Matters, this topic guide addresses the issues around the provision of healthcare. Information, further reading and web links help students to consider and understand the topic.
Does an alcoholic have a right to a liver transplant, even if he has no intention of giving up drinking? Should the NHS treat a smoker with blocked arteries, even if he refuses to give up smoking? What about someone who is clinically obese? Does she have a right to IVF treatment or a hip replacement, even if her weight means that the treatment will be less effective? These are just some of the cases in which a decision has to be made about whether lifestyle should play a role in entitlement to healthcare.
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