Monday, February 4, 2008

Fat people and smokers save health care costs


From the AP:

LONDON (AP) - Preventing obesity and smoking can save lives, but it doesn't save money, researchers reported Monday. It costs more to care for healthy people who live years longer, according to a Dutch study that counters the common perception that preventing obesity would save governments millions of dollars.

"It was a small surprise," said Pieter van Baal, an economist at the Netherlands' National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, who led the study. "But it also makes sense. If you live longer, then you cost the health system more."

In a paper published online Monday in the Public Library of Science Medicine journal, Dutch researchers found that the health costs of thin and healthy people in adulthood are more expensive than those of either fat people or smokers.

When I wrote here that health practitioners attempting to restrict access to care based on behavior ( as some doctors in the UK would like ) only works if the doctors are unbiased and right 100% of the time... well, here's where they're wrong.

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