- Health care providers should consider patients' eating habits when prioritizing non-emergency care, says a report, "Control Shift," published by the independent think tank Demos and supporters by the insurance company Zurich.
- The report recommends that hospitals in Britain's National Health Care Service ask patients to demonstrate healthy lifestyles to counteract an increased dependence on the state.
- The idea would be that all patients would lower the likelihood that they would need medical treatment as a result.
From the article:
People who make healthier life choices should be prioritised for non-emergency hospital appointments, according to an independent think-tank. The idea is one of several ‘nudge-plus’ proposals discussed in a new Demos report, Control Shift, supported by insurer Zurich. It aims to encourage responsible behaviour and address the shift towards greater reliance on the state, instead promoting a public services culture of ‘getting back what you put in’. ...