Free Health Care

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 19, 2020 and last updated on August 7, 2023

The topic of free healthcare is an engaging and relevant conversation topic for English learners as it encompasses a broad range of vocabulary and ideas. Discussing free healthcare allows learners to explore various perspectives, analyze complex socio-political issues and express their opinions effectively. Moreover, it exposes them to healthcare-related terminology, economic concepts and ethical considerations.

Engaging in conversations about free healthcare enhances learners’ critical thinking skills, expands their vocabulary and provides an opportunity to practice expressing and defending their viewpoints, thereby fostering overall language proficiency and fluency.

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 Free Health Care

The topic of free healthcare engenders profound deliberation, intertwining the realms of politics, economics and social welfare. At its core lies the principle of universal access to medical services without financial burden, an ideal that resonates with advocates of equitable societies. Proponents argue that free healthcare facilitates equal opportunities, safeguards public health and mitigates socioeconomic disparities. Yet, opponents express concerns regarding the feasibility of funding, potential strain on medical resources and the impact on individual responsibility.

Exploring the intricacies of free healthcare necessitates a nuanced examination of its multifaceted implications, challenging conventional notions of healthcare provision.

Useful Vocabulary

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)

Conversation Questions

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  • 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?
  • Is free healthcare a human right?
  • What conditions do you think there should be for people to access the public healthcare system in a country?
  • What potential challenges might arise in funding a free healthcare system? How can these challenges be addressed?
  • Is it economically sustainable for a country to provide free healthcare to all citizens?
  • Is it fair to require higher taxes or financial contributions from wealthier individuals to fund free healthcare for all?
  • How does a free healthcare system affect individual responsibility for maintaining personal health?
  • Should certain medical treatments or procedures be excluded from free healthcare coverage? If so, how should these determinations be made?
  • What lessons can be learned from countries that have successfully implemented free healthcare systems?
  • Should a government be solely responsible for providing free healthcare, or should private entities have a role in the system?
  • Should immigrants have access to free healthcare in a country, regardless of their citizenship or legal status?
  • Should individuals have the option to opt out of a free healthcare system and seek private healthcare if they can afford it?
  • Does a free healthcare system lead to increased demand for healthcare services, potentially causing longer waiting times for treatment?
  • Should free healthcare be provided universally, regardless of an individual's lifestyle choices (e.g., smoking, unhealthy diet)?
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.