Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer says that the poor in Scotland are facing a declining life expectancy due to the government forcing its will upon people with health issues. He suggests that forcing people, no matter how sick, to get care, leads to a sort of dependency that puts undue burdens on hospitals and health care providers.
Even though the life expectancy of the Scottish poor has increased by nearly two years, Dr. Burns suggests that this is way off par with Eastern European countries that will surpass the Scottish life expectancy in short order.
This theory is in direct contrast to most modern medical beliefs that doctors should directly intervene in patients’ poor health decisions like obesity, smoking, or drinking. A recent report from Dr. Burns says that only when people with health problems are obliged to help themselves rather than getting help from the system will they benefit.
The entirety of his annual report seems to be filled with the concern that Eastern European life expectancy statistics shall overtake the life expectancy statistics of Scotland. He also seems to offer no real solution other than that the poor sick should pull themselves up by their bootstraps and stop depending on the government for medical aid. Although he makes no suggestion as to where else they might get it.
He suggests that the government forces health care upon people who don’t really want it and that it should only be given to those who seek it out. He argues that forcing those with health issues to get treated forces their dependency upon health resources and that health organizations compel the public to do things instead of doing things in conjunction with them. Only when they have to make their own decisions about their health will people be inspired to do something about it, he says.