Burden on the state?

For those nanny-state types who justify their intrusion into other people’s lifestyle choices by arguing that society, in paying for the health care of the populace*, has an interest in the health of the people so as to reduce those costs, try reading about this Dutch study (via Yahoo news UK): healthy people are a greater burden on the state. They found that in terms of health expenditures, longer-lived people cost more due to the slower, expensive diseases of old age: “The underlying mechanism is that there is a substitution of inexpensive, lethal diseases towards less lethal, and therefore more costly diseases.”

*I’d personally consider this another arguement against socialized medicine, as it results in greater intrusion of the state into the lives of individual people.


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