Should doctors be allowed to refuse non-emergency treatments to patients unless they lose weight or stop smoking?
“be allowed” are the key words.
Question prompted from this article:
“A majority of doctors in a United Kingdom survey supported measures to deny non-emergency medical services to smokers and the obese, The Observer newspaper reported Sunday.
Although the survey by the networking website doctors.net.uk was a self-selecting poll, the site’s chief executive called the response “a tectonic shift” for the profession.
The results feed into a British debate about “lifestyle rationing” by the National Health Service, the Observer reported.
The survey by doctors.net.uk, which claims nearly 192,000 members, found that 593, or 54 percent, of the 1,096 doctors who participated answered yes to this question: “Should the NHS be allowed to refuse non-emergency treatments to patients unless they lose weight or stop smoking?”