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Cera_MSHS
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should physicians turn away people just because they smoke and are obese?

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Started: 2/5/2013 Category: Health
Updated: 4 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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colton12

Con

No one should be denied health care, period. There is a human obligation to our fellow human beings to give everyone the opportunity to continue living, with some quality, if circumstances allow. With the health care debate in a heated frenzy and people in general worried about their own health care needs, it is easy to start looking at ways to increase availability of services to those who have tried to lead a healthy life style.

The majority of people deserve a second chance at living well. Denying someone the opportunity to correct their unhealthy life style by denying them the chance to live is not very humane.

Anyone can cite instances that they know of where a person that may have been a smoker or obese and were given a second chance through heart surgery have turned their lives around. Some of those survivors become the most passionate advocates for quitting smoking and getting physically fit. These people become inspirational to those who may have been on the fence and needed a little push to get the life in the right direction.

Refusing a person the chance to become a better human being, a better parent, a better spouse or a better citizen is not what we do as Americans. There is compassion and empathy for those who are in trouble. The real challenge is to educate our youth to not make poor health choices and foster in them the value in a healthy life style. This can improve not only our overall health as a nation but, in the long run, help drive down health care cost nationwide.
Cera_MSHS

Pro

Now the reason I am for this is because
1). There are tons of smokers who find out they have cancer(or something along those lines) and decide that they need health care because the can't afford the treatment, but refuse to quit smoking.
2). There are also several people who are obese and refuse to go on a diet or workout.

Would u want to pay for there medical bill if there not even going to try to stop what caused there "sickness"?
Debate Round No. 1
colton12

Con

This is discrimination against smokers and obese people! Alcoholics and drug addicts are also engaging in risky behaviors, why aren't they denied treatment. To single out obese people, or smokers and say they shouldn't get treatment is a form of discrimination. We live in a society where risk and calculated dangers are evident. It is a ridiculous argument to say that those of us who partake in potentially dangerous lifestyles should be denied medical treatment." Is this going to apply to race-car drivers, football players, people who work with harmful chemicals, mountain climber, skiers and many more who willfully risk their lives while being aware of its consequences just like smokers and obese people?
we should all be entitled to the right to be treated for our diseases, self-inflicted or otherwise.
Doctors are obligated to treat their patients, regardless of their choices. Doctors take an oath to save lives whenever possible and serve their patients. Physicians job is to always think in the best interest of the patient.
Physicians are getting paid for treating patients, not for refusing them. "obese" people have insurance too. They are not asking you to treat them freely!
More than a third of adults in the U.S. are obese and the percentage is going up. are you going to deny care for 1/3 of the population? Obesity among children is has increased over the years. Are we going to deny treatment for these children?
Cera_MSHS

Pro

Cera_MSHS forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
colton12

Con

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Cera_MSHS

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by imnotsayingimjustsaying 4 years ago
imnotsayingimjustsaying
are there people that would actually be on the pro side of this debate??
Posted by imnotsayingimjustsaying 4 years ago
imnotsayingimjustsaying
are there people that would actually be on the pro side of this debate??
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