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Free Health Care


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Many people living in countries with a public health care system take for granted that should they ever need medical help, whether it be for an illness or a broken bone, it will always be available to them for free. The opposite is true in countries that solely have a private health care system, where if you can’t afford the treatment or can’t afford the insurance then you have to continue with your life as best you can.


Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary
  • drawback (noun)
  • advantageous (adjective)
  • solely (adverb)
  • oppose (verb)
  • take for granted (phrase)
  • afford (verb)

The Question

Try and have a conversation for 2-3 minutes answering the following question.
Do you think that everyone has a right to free health care?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Free Health Care
  • Does your country have a public health care system?
  • What are the benefits and drawbacks of a public health care system as opposed to a private health care system?
  • Do you think that everyone in the world should be able to get access to free healthcare?
  • What conditions do you think there should be for people to access the public healthcare system in a country?
  • Is free healthcare a human right?

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