The Healthcare System

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on November 22, 2020 and last updated on July 20, 2023

The topic of The Healthcare System is crucial for English learners as it equips them with essential knowledge about medical services and health-related resources. Understanding the healthcare system enhances learners’ ability to access healthcare facilities, discuss health concerns with professionals and make informed decisions regarding their well-being.

Exploring this topic improves their medical vocabulary, communication skills and comprehension of health-related topics. Moreover, it fosters awareness of healthcare practices globally, enabling learners to navigate healthcare systems in English-speaking countries and become more informed advocates for their health and that of others.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

About The Healthcare System

The healthcare system is a critical framework designed to provide medical services and support to individuals within a community or country. It encompasses various healthcare providers, facilities and resources that aim to promote health, prevent diseases and treat illnesses.

Understanding the healthcare system is essential as it allows individuals to access medical care, make informed decisions about their well-being and navigate health-related challenges effectively. Furthermore, exploring this topic sheds light on the complexities, strengths and areas for improvement in healthcare delivery, ensuring better healthcare outcomes for all.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • debate (verb)
  • healthcare (noun)
  • government (noun)
  • surprisingly (adverb)
  • actually (adverb)
  • access (noun)
  • implement (verb)
  • afford (verb)
  • citizen (noun)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you think the healthcare system is good in your country?
  • How does the healthcare system in your country compare to those in other countries you've heard about or visited?
  • What do you value in a healthcare system?
  • What would you most like to improve about the healthcare system in your country?
  • Have you ever had a really good experience with the healthcare system in your country?
  • Have you ever had an experience with the healthcare system that you found negative?
  • In your opinion, what are some ways to improve the healthcare system to make it more accessible and efficient for everyone?
  • Should access to basic healthcare services be considered a fundamental human right?
  • Is it better for the government or the private sector to manage and fund the healthcare system? Why?
  • Is a universal healthcare system more equitable and efficient than a private insurance-based system?
  • Is it the responsibility of individuals to maintain their health, or should the healthcare system play a more significant role in promoting healthy behaviors?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.