This week the editor-and-chief of the Canadian Medical Association Journal said “that it’s contradictory that there is legislation to ban hospitals from selling one potentially harmful, but legal, addictive product on their premises — tobacco — while hospitals can actively promote another — lotteries.
To cut to the chase that means hospitals should not be in the business of promoting gambling through their lotteries, since problem gaming affects up to 5% of the population which health care must treat.
They go on to say, “Hospitals should be leading the way to develop responsible lotteries that protect the vulnerable and minimize the potential harms associated with gambling; they should be at the forefront of research to identify and mitigate harm.”
Personally I agree with the CEO of the University Health Network who said, on the other side, a lot of money is raised for great research and the benefits outweigh the risks.
As long as you’re not that 5%.
They’ll use stats that say problem gamblers don’t buy lottery tickets, they are looking for the instant gratification of online or live gaming.
That makes sense.
But when I asked that same Doctor if he would like a casino in Toronto or Hamilton that raises more money for health care he said, No.
Proving you use the stats that best justify your position or interest, and of course, it also depends on who is getting the money.
I’m Scott Thompson.
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