Re: An Incomplete Argument For Denying Treatment
Well said Mark Sheehan - you beat me to it.
The hidden criterion here seems to be that smokers 'make a lifestyle
choice' and hence bring disfavour upon themselves. If one doubts my claim
that this unspoken criterion operates in Peters' argument , then one need
simply substitute 'lower social class', or 'ethnic minority' , or
'elderly', or 'more seriously advanced disease' wherever he uses the word
But smokers do not have an entirley free choice, such is the nature
of their addiction. And, of course, to those who have argued the case for
insuring risks appropriately, smokers DO pay extra premiums in tax.
Dr Sam Lewis
a doctor and a smoker
Competing interests: No competing interests