In many countries, individuals or their employers pay for medical treatment. Should the government be more responsible for the health of their citizens? Discuss and give your opinion.
Medical treatment is an important part of life. Everybody needs it, but is it the main responsibility of the government or should the burden fall on public citizens or their employers’ contribution to private health care? In my opinion, a combination of these is best for the following reasons: tax payers deserve a return, the vulnerable in our society need to be cared for, and the public needs to make some contribution so they feel responsible for staying healthy.
Firstly, citizens should be able to expect financial assistance when they become sick. It seems fair that if a tax-paying worker is contributing to the economy of his or her country, the government should organise its budget to accommodate for sickness and its treatment. Also, illness varies, so some people’s treatment is more expensive than others. For these more expensive medicines, the government should help pay.
Another reason the government should bear most of the burden for health care is that many of our sick people cannot work and support themselves. These are the most vulnerable in our society. Some are children with chronic diseases. Others are elderly, unable to work. Some are wheelchair bound. Not all have the support of family, so a public health care system is crucial for the vulnerable.
Despite the valuable health care from the government, it’s important that private citizens bear some of the cost for their general health and prevention of lifestyle disease. For example, many people engage in damaging habits like smoking and excess alcohol consumption. If these people were aware of the costs associated with their potential health problems they might think twice before continuing their bad habits.
Overall, our governments should be mostly responsible for health care, especially for the chronically ill or the most vulnerable members of our society. The public should contribute by living healthy lifestyles and paying for some of the cost of their own health care. The alternative where people have no support when they get ill is not an option. In fact, it’s inhumane.