IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample 824 - Advantages and disadvantages of government providing free health care

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Every government has a duty to provide free health care for its people. What are the advantages and disadvantages of government providing free health care?

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

You should write at least 250 words.

Model Answer 1:
Healthy people build the healthy society, one should take care of one’s health but the people below the poverty line could not certainly afford the expenses of medical checkups. Hence, in this case, the free health care could be very much helpful. However, there are certain drawbacks in providing free medical care.

Today, because of the advancements in science and technology, one is able to determine any health abnormality at the gross level itself. The benefits of costless medical examination include several things. Generally, it is a human tendency to postpone visiting a hospital as it would be usually expensive. Hence, if the government provides free health care to its citizens then everyone could take an advantage of it. By doing so, in few cases, a person suffering from any severe health problem will be able to be diagnosed at the right time and consequently the disease can be treated properly. Next, these free medical centres are highly useful for pregnant ladies, in order to look after both mother and the growing baby. Finally, the vaccines given at these centres would protect baby from the dangerous diseases by making it immune towards all the micro-organisms. Owing to the mentioned reasons, it is obvious that, free health care would become a boon for the most citizens of a country.

However, some other people may consider these free health camps to be disadvantageous. They consider it as a moot issue. It is certainly possible that the concerned corrupt authorities could make use of the funds allotted for the medical checkups by the governments in a wrong way. As a result, the financial burden on a country rises. Moreover, few people may get habituated to visit a hospital for simple silly reasons and at times, one may overuse the free medicines available and get resist to that medicine which is very drastic. Eventually, the provided free health care could prove to be harmful.

By taking into consideration all the points, it is clear that anything in excess is disadvantageous. The same is true in this case as well. What I believe is that, instead of free medical care, the government should impose the affordable money and the first priority must be given to the patient’s health.

[ Written by - Vinutna Rahul ]

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