IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 576 - Medical service should not be run by profit-making companies

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Present a written argument to an educated reader with no specialist knowledge of the following topic:

Some people think that good health is a basic human need, so the medical service should not be run by profit-making companies. Do you think the disadvantages of the private health care outweigh the advantages?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.

Model Answer:
Good healthcare service is a fundamental need for every citizen in a country and when this sector is run by money making private organizations, it is clear that the government provided healthcare service is not up to mark and need improvements. I believe that when the healthcare service is owned and run by some bunch of money-makers, mass people would suffer to a great extent and this policy has far more demerits than few advantages it offers.

First, when government incapable of providing sufficient treatment and hospital facilities, the healthcare sector is then turn in to a profitable business sector for many private organizations. Those private organizations’ main objective is to make money and thus only rich citizens can accommodate their treatment. Since the government does not have any control over the treatment facilities of these hospitals and healthcare centers, they charge people as much as they like. Thus they make the overall health care system expensive in a country.

Second, the private healthcare centers are often accused of overcharging and wrong treatment and yet they are not punished for the misdeed they conduct. Many people opine that private healthcare centers and hospitals are far more neat and clean and have more qualified doctors. However, should not those doctors be treating in public hospitals instead of making money? Thus the professional ethics of doctors are ruined by their practice in private hospitals. Furthermore, government collects huge amount of tax from its citizens and should be obliged to provide healthcare services to people for free rather than letting private hospitals loot people.

In conclusion, better environment and more doctors and nurses in private hospitals are often considered as the great advantages for the patients.  However, the amount they charge for treatment is outrageous and mass people cannot afford that. Government should ensure proper healthcare facilities for all of its citizens and quality public healthcare service is a better solution than allowing private companies control this important sector whose sole objective is to make profit.

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+1 # Sukanya 2016-03-25 12:15
Hospitals, which were meant to serve and treat people in any medical needs, have turned in to profit oriented business. Because of this, there are strong oppositions to let those hospitals to be managed and directed by the business corporations. This essay analyses the merits and demerits of the hospitals controlled by private companies.

To begin, private organizations or individuals can take quick decision to start a new hospital or modify an existing hospital without any bureaucratic complexities . For instance, establishment of a government medical college hospital in India is a sophisticated process and it may take even years to take a decision about land acquisition. In contrast private institutions those have the property, fund and experience could get an approval from the government easily. Secondly, advanced technology and proper maintenance in private hospitals are better than that of public hospitals. Amrita institute in Kerala is a typical example of hospital for maintaining international standards. Thirdly, in private hospitals hiring procedure is transparent and talented professionals work there.

In contrast, good health is a basic human need. Because of the astonishing treatment cost in private hospitals, deprived people cannot afford the necessary treatments. Recent newspaper reports about the death of a tribe child due to the mentality of the authority in a private hospital, who were reluctant to provide emergency medical services, illustrate the seriousness. In addition they consider profit to be more important than the charity work. Clearly, most of the private hospitals consider the hospital as a business organization, and their only aim is to make more money. For example, they force the clients to do unnecessary lab investigations and unwanted procedures to make money. Concisely, private hospitals torch the downtrodden both mentally and economically.

Put everything into consideration, even though there are some drawbacks in the functioning of private health centers, it serves the community to a greater extend. In my opinion the advantages of privately run hospitals are more important and with proper government guidance and legal regulations the disadvantages can be mitigated.
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