live and let die

i just read an irritating story about phil rudd, the ex-AC/DC drummer. he was recently experiencing chest pain while at home so he went to hospital and got checked out. turned out he had a blockage in one of the arteries in his heart so they got him into surgery and inserted a stent to fix it. they basically saved his life. then he goes on to say

“I sneaked out [of the hospital] to the shop to get some cigarettes, then I realized I had no car, so I walked home to get the Ferrari, and drove back to the hospital.”
this illustrates one of my biggest problems with healthcare: we’re all super eager to save lives even though most of us aren’t willing to prevent our own health problems in the first place.

if phil rudd had a blocked artery, why is he still smoking? it’s common knowledge that smoking contributes to heart disease, among numerous other health problems, like cancer and breathing problems like COPD. and if he just had heart surgery, why is he sneaking out of the hospital to walk around when he was likely supposed to be on bed rest? you don’t have heart surgery and skip out the doors the following day. that risks undoing all the surgery you just had done.

when phil rudd goes to hospital and has surgeons do serious work on his heart and immediately follows that with traipsing around the neighbourhood to buy more smokes, he is effectively saying, “i’m too lazy to keep myself alive. you do it for me.” and that’s fucking bullshit.

but the worst part is that phil rudd is not an exception. he is like most people, people who can’t be bothered to look after their own health yet expect others to. i realize i have very little sympathy for anyone but i don’t care — i think that if someone wants healthcare, they should first prove that they are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle. this would ensure that all the costs associated with that care are not wasted. i think people should first get the mental health support they need, quit their harmful addictions, get active, and get fit (or at least show some substantial progress in those areas), or forget about the whole thing and just keep doing what they’re doing until it kills them, and accept it — no bitching, no “please save me” dramatics, etc. because if you don’t care enough to bother, i don’t think anyone else should either.

no free rides for anyone. earn it. and that includes washed up old wannabe bad boy rockers like phil rudd, too.

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it takes a serious badass to disregard the health advice of doctors AND appear publicly without their false teeth in. wow.

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