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In UK women live 4 years longer on average than men(79 vs 83). However, national insurance is the same for both genders. The similar situation exists in most countries(in many countries it is even worse since women retire much earlier). Why is it not considered the gender discrimination and never discussed in media (like gender pay gap)?

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    So fat people and smokers should pay less contributions? – SJuan76 Jan 6 '18 at 12:23
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    @DraifKroneg Actually, men do require more healthcare expenses. Statistically, men are much more susceptible to various conditions which require expensive treatment. But this is overall a discussion-oriented topic, and Q&A websites are not an appropriate medium to have discussions. – Philipp Jan 6 '18 at 14:18
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    The Court of Justice of the European Union is of the opposite opinion, i.e. that different contributions or different payouts are discriminatory: Case C‑236/09. In general, it boils down to the question why women live longer – is it a biological principle, or is it due to different life styles? It seems that question is still unresolved. – chirlu Jan 6 '18 at 14:22
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    @Philipp: It’s actually true that, over their whole lives, men cause less healthcare costs in comparison to women. For that reason, private health insurance in Germany used to be more expensive for women up to the court opinion that I mentioned above (and that despite pregnancy costs already being shared equally between the sexes in the calculation). – chirlu Jan 6 '18 at 20:13
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    "Put on hold as primarily opinion-based . . ." That is absurd. If you are going to have Stack Exchange Politics, you should allow opinion based questions. – William Jockusch Jan 8 '18 at 0:21