92 Healthcare


Various people discuss if health care should be free.

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Lori / Canada
speakerDefinitely, I think health care should be free. Everyone should have access to ... everyone should have free access to a doctor at anytime. You shouldn't avoid going to the doctor because you are afraid of how much it will cost. There should be universally free heath care.

Eoin / Canada
speakerI'm British and health care is pretty much is free in the UK. It's what I've grown up with and somehow it's inbuilt into me that I think health care should be free for everyone.

Shalini / Canada
speakerYes. I definitely think health care should be free. From Canada, and we do pay high taxes but this allows us also to be able to enter into a hospital and not pay for what's wrong with you and the services are not bad. You might have to wait a little while but anyone can come in and get treated, so I think that's good.

Lindsay / United States
speakerI definitely think health care should be free. I think it's a really big tragedy right now that a lot of nations don't have free health care for children, and for people in general. I think it's really sad when one child is able to have their disease treated but another child has to suffer.

Chris / England
speakerYes, I believe health care should be free. It's one of the things that everyone needs so I think if you pay into it a system and if you're a part of a society then one of the things that society should give back to you is health care, if you want fantastic top-of -the-range coverage then you should have to pay for that, but basic health care should be free.

Aki / England
speakerI don't think it should be free. I think we should pay a certain amount of money because if it's for free, I think they quality of our health insurance is gonna, you know, go down, so I don't think it should be that high, like in the states where nobody actually can buy the health insurance, so I think actually Japan has quite a good system.

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universally free

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There should be universally free healthcare.

Something that is 'universally free' is free for everyone. Notice the following:

  1. In Canada, healthcare is universally free.
  2. I believe in universally free job training.

get treated

 

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Anyone can come in and get treated.

When we visit a hospital we 'get treated' by a doctor.  Notice the following:

  1. It took forever to get treated.
  2. I got treated by the school nurse.

a really big tragedy

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I think it's a really big tragedy right now.

A 'tragedy' is a situation that is very sad and unnecessary.  Notice the following:

  1. That over 30 million Americans have no health insurance is a really big tragedy.
  2. It's a really big tragedy that world hunger still exists.

pay into a system

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If you pay into a system.

When you pay taxes to the government, that means you pay into a system.  Notice the following:

  1. If you pay into a system, you should get something in return.
  2. In England, you pay into a system for healthcare.

top-of-the-range coverage

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If you want top-of -the-range coverage.

Top-of-the-range coverage is the highest quality insurance you can buy.  Notice the following:

  1. Most people can't afford top-of-the-range coverage.
  2. Top-of-the-range coverage is very expensive.
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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
universally • get treated • tragedy
pay into • the range
  1. If you become infected you need to immediately.
  2. It is such a that so many people lost their homes in the storm.
  3. Many rich people who receive free health care still pay to go to top of doctors.
  4. I believe that drinking water should be free for everyone.
  5. It is frustrating to a system if you have no control over the decisions made.