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How Much Do You Pay for Others’ Health?

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How Much Do you Pay for Others' Health? Whether it is obvious that the government should spend our tax on free medical care? IELTS essay on this topic.


Many people believe that health care should be free for everybody. Do you agree with this?
What do we mean when call health care "free"? Do doctors, nurses and other health workers deserve a salary for their work? Do people want to be tested using the most modern and accurate equipment? So, medicine is an expensive service, and someone must pay for it.
There is free health care for everyone in my country. Let's look at our health system from two sides: from a working person, who earns enough and a benefit recipient who isn't able for some reasons to earn enough money for treatment.
In my opinion a working person isn't very happy to pay for a service he doesn't use. When you work hard you can't afford to waste time on your own treatment. So, you see the therapist a couple of times for ten years. If you don't have "free" health care you will pay around 3,500 rubles for these two visits. But if you have one, your costs will be about 1 million rubles, which have accumulated over ten years from your income. It's too much for a couple of visits.
Let's look at the situation for a benefit recipient. Elderly people and people with disabilities need good treatment. But have they? No. They have old equipment, long waiting times, wrong diagnostics, and low quality drugs. This is because centralized management isn't an effective way to spend money.
I believe that health care should be paid for by people. And people should choose clinics and doctors. Such systems are used in some countries. In addition, each working person should pay a small contribution to the health fund. And authorities should use it to return people some part of their health cost. The amount of return should be determined by the level of income. Poor people should get a 100% refund and rich people much less.
What is your opinion?


  • authorities - a person or organization having political or administrative power and control
  • determined - having made a firm decision and being resolved not to change it
  • diagnostics - the art or practice of diagnosis, esp of diseases
  • disabilities - a physical or mental condition that limits a person's movements, senses, or activities
  • doctor - a person who is qualified to treat people who are ill
  • drugs - a medicine or other substance which has a physiological effect when ingested or otherwise introduced into the body
  • elderly - old or ageing
  • equipment - the necessary items for a particular purpose
  • expensive - costing a lot of money
  • health care - is the various services for the prevention or treatment of illness and injuries
  • income - money received, especially on a regular basis, for work or through investments
  • modern - relating to the present or recent times as opposed to the remote past
  • nurse - a person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital
  • recipient - a person or thing that receives or is awarded something
  • refund - pay back (money), typically to a customer who is not satisfied with goods or services bought
  • therapist - a person skilled in a particular kind of therapy
  • treatment - the manner in which someone behaves towards or deals with someone or something

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