According to an article on the Huffington Post Hungary is going with harsh measures to punish their “bad” diabetics. The European standard for HbA1C score is anything less than 6.5%. Now Hungary is taking resources away from diabetics who test higher than that.
This seems to be the wrong way to go about it. I understand not helping those who do not want to be helped. Taking resources like insulin away from diabetics is not sending the best message. A better solution would be making diabetes education easily available to these diabetics. Making them aware of the long term affects and the long term benefits of proper care which can lead to better health.
You might see a rise in better care by scaring people straight but I suspect you will also see a higher diabetes related death rate as well. It is easy to judge those who do not take care of themselves. I used to be that guy. Sometimes you have to walk a long road before you realize how deadly this disease can be. This may be a dramatic comparison but like addiction, a diabetic has to get well because they want to.
It is expensive taking care of any medical issue. When you have to pay out of pocket the amount is that much more noticeable. Hopefully the Hungarian government changes its mind and works toward a more pro-active approach to health. Some people just need to be nudged in the right direction.