People who cause their own illnesses through unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets should have to pay more for health care.
To what extent do you agree or disagree with this opinion?
Through unhealthy lifestyles and poor diets, people cause their own illnesses and make health care more expensive for everyone. Lifestyle choices, like sleeping situations, eating ways, and exercise routines, can determine out health. For example, according to research, eating too much sugar or salt, drinking alcohol and smoking are likely to cause diseases.
First, people should always be able to make their own decisions about their lifestyles. The government, then, should increase taxes on unhealthy products like candy, tobacco, wine, to help people know what is bad for them. When they buy unhealthy products, they will need to pay more tax. On one hand, this plan would decrease their desire to buy unhealthy products. On the other hand, the government can use that tax money to pay for health care.
However, some unhealthy lifestyle choices are personal things, and can not be accounted for with taxes, like not sleeping enough, eating too much, or doing less exercise. It is hard for the government that all these things need to be counted in detail.
Health care protects people when they are facing serious problems. So if people have the choice, when they buy something that is not good for their health, the government should add tax for national health care, the way many countries have a high smoking tax. Unhealthy people should have to pay more for health care by paying high taxes for unhealthy products. I think that is a good way to guide people.