CALLS TO MAKE ROYAL DARWIN HOSPITAL A USER PAYS HOSPITAL FOR ALCOHOLICS, SMOKERS AND DRUGGIES

THOSE TARGETED WILL HAVE TO PAY TO STAY AND RECEIVE TREATMENT AT THE ROYAL DARWIN HOSPITAL. NO MONEY - NO TREATMENT.

In the wake of the alarming number of bludgers going to Royal Darwin Hospital, I am calling the NT Government to impose a user pays scheme to be introduced to drunks, druggies and smokers, meaning that those targeted will have to pay to stay and to receive treatment in hospital in Darwin.

It will remain free to non smokers and the general population who do not drink or do drugs.

The reason for a user pays hospital system for drunks, druggies and smokers is because I believe it is really not fair for taxpayers to have to pay to support those who refuse to give up the habit of drinking, smoking and doing drugs. Why should the general population have to pay and be expected to clean up the mess left over by the able bodied bludgers? It's high time the smokers, drunks and druggies be expected to pay and clean up the mess themselves.

If the people targeted by the radical user pay hospital scheme cannot afford to pay for the health care, they should expect to have their assets taken away or risk imprisonment. Alternatively they could give up the habit if they wanted to save money in health care.

I also request that the private health insurance companies do not cover the costs of smokers, drunks and druggies until those targeted give up their habits altogether.

Lastly I argue it is only fair if the smokers, drunks and druggies pay and clean up the mess themselves, no one else, and I think that is fair.

William Walker