Intended for healthcare professionals


Obama’s stimulus package includes funds for public health, nutrition, and effectiveness research

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 23 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b794

Universal Healthcare

Universal healthcare is more than a noble ideal; it is a sine qua non of
modern civilization. While the financial costs must be borne fairly by everyone,
the key ingredient is the personal responsibility of the patient, who must
maintain a healthy lifestyle, free of all self-destructive habits, such as alcohol,
tobacco, and junk food. Universal healthcare needs universal self-care.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

13 March 2009
Hugh Mann
Eagle Rock, MO 65641 USA