Had an accident playing sport? The Tories want you to pay for your treatment

People in Wales suffering accidents through sporting activity could be subject to an 'activity tax' under new Tory proposals. Conservative AM Darren Millar said on a radio phone-in show that individuals putting themselves at high risk through their own choice could be charged by the NHS.

People in Wales suffering accidents through sporting activity could be subject to an ‘activity tax’ under new Tory proposals.

Conservative AM Darren Millar said on a radio phone-in show that individuals putting themselves at high risk through their own choice could be charged by the NHS.

Asked whether people who go skiing should be charged by the NHS if they have an accident, the Conservative health spokesperson said:

“I think if people put themselves in areas of high risk through their own choice then there ought to be a discussion about whether it’s appropriate for the NHS to pick up the bill for the risks that they take.”

In response, Welsh Labour AM Ken Skates warned that this could mark the start of a “very slippery slope towards introducing a private insurance model of healthcare”.

“Whilst the Tories might want that, it would be very costly for communities in Wales with a legacy of ill-health,” he added.

20 Responses to “Had an accident playing sport? The Tories want you to pay for your treatment”

  1. Camille

    In addition to a tax for people playing sport, how about a tax on fat people NOT playing sport? That way you nab the skinnies AND the fatties at the same time. And then a tax on pregnant women, because popping out sprogs is extensive business and they should pay for it. And of course smokers, drinkers, and drivers (hey, they CHOOSE to get behind the wheel) – in conclusion, pay-as-you-go healthcare for everybody. It certainly works very well for America!

  2. OldLb

    Bit of bad luck and your one of the ones getting cancer from smoking, and Labour want you to pay for your treatment.

  3. OldLb

    Certainly does. Results in a lower death rate caused by medical errors compared to the UK>

  4. Peter

    Can we claim compensation for things damaged by the Tories!

  5. Camille

    But what about the people in the US who die because they never got treatment (because they couldn’t afford it) in the first place?

  6. Mason Dixon Autistic

    Unlike exercise, smoking has no health benefit.

  7. OldLb

    They aren’t killed by doctors or nurses are they?

    If you want to make the NHS death rate look better, compare it to Afghanistan. It’s better there so long as you assume that the collateral damage deaths are caused by hospitals.

    Same as the US. If you include deaths not caused by hospitals, you might make the avoidable death figures look a little better.

  8. OldLb

    So why not move to a situation where no matter what the cause, you pay.

    e.g

    Sporting damage – you pay

    Smoking damage – you pay

    Car accident – you pay

    On top of the NHS payments now of course.

    e.g It’s all a symptom of the true debt of 7,000 bn pounds. They can’t pay it, but they will screw people in trying.

    Mind you, lots of migrants getting care for free on the NHS. Lets start billing them

  9. LB

    Actually, there is one benefit of nicotine.

    It’s been well known for a long time that there are lot of heavy smokers who are also schizophrenic.

    It turns out that nicotine suppresses lots of the symptoms. However, the effect only lasts a short while, hence the chain smoking.

  10. Mason Dixon Autistic

    Seriously? Did the point go that far past your head?

  11. Mason Dixon Autistic

    Seriously? Did the point go that far past your head?

  12. Ed Sturtivant

    Get the sports fans stirred up….Football fans are the passionate kind of ordinary people that will get right annoyed about this……skydivers,divers, rugby players,cricket….not interested in politics but stop their sport….watch the sparks fly, contact sports assoc etc ask what they think about this…make them aware

  13. LB

    Which bit of they have run up 7 trillion of debt do you not comprehend?

  14. robertcp

    A stupid suggestion even by Tory standards. The health benefits of playing sport will save more money for the NHS than paying for the occasional broken leg to be treated.

  15. Camille

    I was referring specifically to people killed by lack of access to healthcare with the US; talking about a war-torn third world country is neither here nor there.

    Just because the healthcare for the many may not be as good as the health care for the elite few is not a reason to then scrap that universal healthcare, so that the many then get absolutely nothing at all.

  16. HopeNotHateBNP

    It will not be long before the evil Tories start taxing us for just being alive! Oh hang on a sec, they already tried that (circa 1989 Poll tax)

  17. Camron

    Yes I agree Robert that The health benefits of playing sport will save more money for the NHS than paying.

  18. robertcp

    Thanks. I had forgotten saying that!

  19. HopeNotHateBNP

    NHS stands for the Governments’ “No Hope Service”

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