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Should smokers be refused surgery?

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39059.503495.68 (Published 04 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:20

Re: Separate Policies

Indeed, Mr Anderson. And, expanding on your grouch, why should the
childless
have to subsidize the pregnancies, deliveries, and subsequent pediatric
services
for those who choose to breed? Why should the celibate underwrite the
escalating costs of STDs? Or teetotalers, of accidents and diseases caused
by
alcohol? Or couch potatoes, of skiers (and vice verse)? No end to the
ways we
can Balkanize medicine and rip the social contract if we follow your
advice.

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11 January 2007
Walt Cody
writer
New York City