Australia's Health Budget Getting Fat

Dr. Fuhrman will tell you, being overweight or obese takes a costly toll on your health, but its costs aren’t only biological. According to the AFP the obese living in Australia cost their health system 21 billion dollars last year. Not exactly a g'day mate:
"What the figures show is that it should make all of us review our lifestyle choices, and it also shows that these costs are getting bigger, not smaller," government senator Guy Barnett told Channel Nine television.

"We've got a tsunami coming towards Australia in terms of a health crisis, and it's going to swamp us if we stay the same course."
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Jackie Danicki - October 21, 2006 7:18 PM

The reason it costs Australia is because their healthcare system is socialized - meaning individuals are not responsible for their own health, the state is. So the state stakes its claim on interfering in what people consume, because...well, it (read: taxpayers) are footing the bill. The cost to any healthcare industry is very much determined by how much power it attempts to drain from individuals over their own health. (We have the same horrible system here in the UK.)

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