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The cost of promoting “personal responsibility”

Bashir Mamdani

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2007.013


The emphasis on personal responsibility in health care stems from the belief that those who follow a healthy lifestyle will be rewarded by feeling better and having to spend less money. A healthy lifestyle is defined as not smoking, frequent exercising, and weight control. However, it is unknown which well-meaning measures to promote responsible behaviour actually make a difference and which are primarily coercive and potentially counterproductive.

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