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The Healthcare System


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Many European countries have a public healthcare system where citizens of the country get free access to various types of healthcare. This system on the whole is very popular within the countries that it is implemented where healthcare is considered to be something that everyone should have access to and not only those who can afford it.

Even though public healthcare is very popular in Europe, the United States has opted away from this system in favour of private healthcare which its citizens must pay to use. Surprisingly for some, this system is actually quite popular in the US where many people are very sceptical about the government providing this type of service and prefer for it to continue to be private.


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

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Do you think the healthcare system is good in your country?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to The Healthcare System
  • 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 a really bad experience with the healthcare system in your country?

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