On Thu, Oct 18, 2001 at 11:35:11AM +0100, Fergal Daly mentioned:
> One might argue that the tax on cigarettes covers that expense, but there
> are other things wasted that you just can't buy more of.
The UK did a study, and reckoned at £5.50 a pack, sterling, it would
roughly cover the cost. The average smoker takes 17 days to die in
hospital, at over a grand a day, if they end up in intensive care.
> I'm not sure whether doctors and nurses come under this heading. Doctors
> are a well known big earner, so it'd be hard to make that profession
> more attractive by throwing money at it. Maybe we'd have lots more
> nurses if they were paid more. Hospital beds can be bought but they're
> not much use without doctors and nurses. Either way, no amount of money
> can cover the extra pressure put on donor organ supply, by people who
> have basically self inflicted damage.
Throwing money at the health industry is like throwing more programmers
at a project.
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