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ALLAN Massie is one of my “turn-to” contributors so I was bemused to hear an essay of his on healthcare costs being dismissed as “foolish” (Letters, 12 June). 

I fear it is his critic who is in error because total lifetime health spending is greater for the healthy-living than for smokers and the obese because of differences in life expectancy. 

Whether Mr Massie is “innocent of any medical qualifications” is irrelevant – much research has been done on this topic in the US and Europe and supports his argument. 

As for this being “no way to discuss health problems”, cost is a huge consideration with the UK spending the OECD average of 9.5 per cent of GDP, Western Europe 11 per cent and the US 17 per cent.

(Dr) John Cameron

Howard Place

St Andrews, Fife