The health of our country should be a concern of everyone. As a nurse for 30 years, I have seen the consequences of poor life choices and the lack of personal responsibility when it comes to health.
The last 10 years of my career were spent reviewing inpatient stays for a government-run health care system. There were five things in common to most patients: alcohol, drug and tobacco abuse, obesity and non-compliance with medical advice. These are all preventable and show a lack of personal responsibility so prevalent in our society.
The fact that health care is free to so many, subsidized for another portion of the population and provided by employers for others, leaves little incentive for people to make the tough choices that ensure good health.
It is easier to say, “It is no one’s business,” sit in front of the TV or computer, eat that cheeseburger, light up a cigarette and drink another beer.
Then when something goes wrong, go to the doctor (because someone else is paying) with the expectation to be made well again.
Do what you want, but only if you are also willing to foot the bill.MARY ORTON