This week’s topic is self-inflicted health conditions and the right to treatment. Should, for example, smokers get lower priority treatment from the NHS because their illness is a result of their choice to smoke? To what degree is it reasonable to hold patients responsible for there well-being?
We discuss Ofra Golan’s paper “The right to treatment for self-inflicted conditions”. Which question is whether the condition being self-inflicted is relevant and that healthcare should be provided on a needs basis on the grounds of quality.
We also talk to occasional cohost and freelance illustrator Nicola. Being a type 1 diabetic she gives us an insight on possible issues of unfairness regarding allocation of medical resources to type 1 and type 2 diabetics.
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