A nanny state

European governments sometimes take care a lot of their citizens, but only on those areas that are very much influenced by the economy. One of those areas is the health system. In Spain, in which all its citizens have free access to a public health system, the government must take care of its citizens. If not, the government has to face a hefty bill.

In order to avoid further expenses, more than those forecast on the yearly balance, the government tries to teach its citizens on how to have a healthy life by giving up smoking or drinking. Far from that, young people smoke and drink as much as never before, whereas the government tries to ban binge drinking and smoking in public places.

Banning, I reckon, is not the solution. There are other possibilities that can reduce the amount of people that take on smoking such as imposing higher prices on cigarretes and alcohol. So much so, that young people could not afford to pay these prices and on the other hand some part of this money could help reduce the deficit in the public health system. It would benefit everybody, by increasing the efforts to improve hospitals and building more, if necessary. As a consequence more people would be employed and the government could face the great demand that currently exists in the public health system. It’s high time to put an end to the misery.

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About jordilin

I'm a Senior Software Engineer with an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering. I've got a range of interests including Linux, a very powerful and limitless operating system, travelling, gastronomy and technology.
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