Dr Phillip Lee says people with conditions affected by lifestyle should pay for careBy Hugh Fort
November 27, 2012
People who have diseases and conditions caused by their lifestyle should be made to pay for their medical care, Bracknell's MP has stated.
Dr Phillip Lee told a briefing of the Institute of Economic affairs people with type 2 diabetes and other similar illnesses should lose their right to free NHS prescriptions.
He said: "If you want to have doughnuts for breakfast, fine, but there is a cost implication down the line.”
Dr Le also warned reforms were needed to stop pressure on the NHS from baby boomers and younger patients.
He said people today are less willing than older people to put up with minor ailments.
He added: "Their [older people] perception of pain is profoundly different to their stoic parents who survived the war."
He also claimed the Government could save £400 million by allowing GPs to dispense drugs rather than high street chemists.