SMOKERS and obese patients are being refused elective surgery in Victorian hospitals.If you think nationalized health care means free health care, think again.
Surgeons are rejecting people because of the likelihood of poor surgical outcomes linked to smoking and obesity -- and to save money...
"Surgeons should not have to operate on people who are not willing to quit smoking," Mr Quinn said.
"But it is up to the individual surgeon. There has to be some community responsibility with this, especially in terms of today's limited health dollar. (boldface mine--Darren)
Update, 9/10/07: Do you think it's the government's place--any government, at any level--to tell you what you can and cannot eat? Freedom means you get to make your own decisions, even if someone else thinks your decision isn't in your best interest.
NewsAlert points us to what Los Angeles is considering--limiting the number of fast food restaurants because there are already "too many".