The example they point is the United Kingdom’s National Health System, known as NHS.
This week, NHS announced it can deny surgery for smokers and obese citizens. This indefinite surgery ban riled Britons and American conservatives who point to the NHS as having the power to determine life-or-death decisions instead of the individual or the individual’s family":
The NHS will ban patients from surgery indefinitely unless they lose weight or quit smoking, under controversial plans drawn up in Hertfordshire.Bernie Sanders could not be reached for comment at press time.
Its vice president called for an “urgent rethink” of policies which he said were “discriminatory” and went against the fundamental principles of the NHS.
In recent years, a number of areas have introduced delays for such patients - with some told operations will be put back for months, during which time they are expected to try to lose weight or stop smoking...
...East and North Hertfordshire CCG and Herts Valleys said the plans aimed to encourage people “to take more responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, wherever possible, freeing up limited NHS resources for priority treatment”.
Both are in financial difficulty, and between them seeking to save £68m during this financial year.
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