Free Health Care

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on May 19, 2020 and last updated on February 4, 2023

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.

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.

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

  • Do you think that everyone has a right 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?
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.