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Unit 3 Medicine

October 10, 2016

There are three possible homework questions from chapter three. Please choose ONE ONLY and write a response of about 120 words or so.

  1. How would you describe the Korean health care system? What are its advantages?
  2. How would you describe the Korean health care system? What are its disadvantages?
  3. Should everyone be able to access free healthcare?
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  1. October 10, 2016 10:59 pm

    I think everyone should be able to access free healthcare. There are many people who need to take treatment. But they don’t get cured because of money. Free healthcare will be run by citizens tax so poor people can go to hospital without worrying about the expense of consultation or something. Even the middle class, serious illness like cancer need big money so they would not to pay for the surgery. Also, Government should have responsibility to people’s health. They protect people from dangerous condition. If healthcare system was private, it would create situation that patients who have no money don’t have a checkup. Only the rich get the advantage from private system. Therefore I think free healthcare system is better than private medical service to all people.

    • proftodd permalink*
      October 11, 2016 3:51 pm

      “But they don’t get cured because of money.”

      Suggested: But they cannot receive adequate medical treatment because of a lack of money.

      “Free healthcare will be run by citizens tax so poor people can go to hospital without worrying about the expense of consultation or something.”

      Suggested: Funding for healthcare comes from taxpayers (Free healthcare is funded through taxes), so even low-income citizens can receive adequate medical attention without worrying about expensive costs (without being financially burdened).

    • AND July permalink
      October 11, 2016 10:11 pm

      ” Free healthcare will be run by citizens tax so poor people can go to hospital without worrying about the expense…”
      ln my opinion, it seems good, but as you said, free health care system will run by tax, then who pay tax for this system? Most people will pay for it. But do you think that run by tax could be possible? I don’t think so, because in order to manage that system government need to get more tax by citizen. And when you think of more tax, it seems good for everyone? Maybe not. So I know that helping poor people are so important, but we should find out another alternative solution.

  2. dolphin permalink
    October 11, 2016 9:33 am

    How would you describe the Korean health care system? What are its advantages?

    Korea has a mixed health care system. All citizens in Korea are required to take out health care insurance. The money collected as public insurance premiums usual day by government will be spent later when people contract serious illnesses. There are many advantages of the Korean health care system. First, with public medical insurance, the government can establish standard medical fee for Korean medical services. Thanks to these lower price, the poor as well as average people can take medical treatments. In addition, high quality healthcare service with competitive pricing can satisfy the expectation of patients. For these reason, I think the Korean health care system has many advantages.

  3. Go CR2 permalink
    October 11, 2016 2:38 pm

    Everyone should be able to have an access to free healthcare system. Free healthcare system can be established via tax-based welfare system. If anyone would complain about his or her own money going to the “poor” strangers, he or she may not be aware of how complex the society we are living in is, and how we are connected within it. The rich owes money from the society because there is no such thing as being rich at a place without a community. Whether one is poor or rich, the society has much to do with it. That is, the nation states should guarantee that every citizen gets an access to free healthcare, which is one of the most basic human rigths, the right of healthiness.

    • proftodd permalink*
      October 11, 2016 4:19 pm

      If everyone is entitled to free health care, should society impose a moral obligation on its citizens to take care of their health so as to minimize the financial burden on the system? I mean, some people want to smoke, eat unhealthy foods, not exercise, or swim with sharks. These risky behaviors increase healthcare costs and, in turn, affect taxes.

    • KiKO permalink
      October 11, 2016 7:55 pm

      I partly agree with your opinion. Yes as you said, the basic duty like a noblesse oblige is that somehow rich people have a duty to pay for money to poor people. However, we need to be concerned with people who abuse the law. For example, someone has a cancer by smoking, and this person no longer worry about cost of cancer treatment, because he knows that he doesn’t have to pay for all money.
      So I think that if everyone is entiled to free health care, the society will be fallen into disorder.

      • proftodd permalink*
        October 11, 2016 8:09 pm

        Yes, I agree there is a worry that some people will make poor choices by engaging in self-destructive behaviors, like smoking, and other citizens will have to pay for the resultant medical costs. Thus, it could create a moral hazard.

  4. onlyyou76 permalink
    October 11, 2016 4:14 pm

    In Korea, for healthcare system, people pay health insurance from their salaries. Korean health care system is kind of a mixed one of public and private funding. The system is more flexible than other countries that has either public or private ones. It also ensures access to healthcare for all. The system is quiet fair and adequate than private models that healthcare is only available to patients who pay for it. Although it might be still tough for people who need urgent medical care with no salary, the government would fund partly or totally for them. In addition, in Korea, if the employed person pays for the insurance, his family members don’t have to pay theirs. Even though wealthier people can get benefits of higher quality of medical service, healthcare system is open to all citizens.

    • proftodd permalink*
      October 11, 2016 7:52 pm

      Fair? Possibly, but the concept of fairness depends on where you are situated. The poor and the rich are often in natural antagonism while the middle class provides a buffer zone. As the middle class weakens, I expect more calls for an increase in for-profit hospitals and more chaebol involvement in healthcare.

  5. KiKO permalink
    October 11, 2016 7:43 pm

    3.Should everyone be able to access free healthcare?

    I believe that everyone shouldn’t be able to access free healthcare. Before I say about my opinoin, I want to refer the Captialism. Until now, the reason why most countries can be developed well is that they adopt to the capitalism. In this context, if everyone be able to access free healtcare, it sounds like a communism. A few country which adopt to the communism, they are not develped well compared with countries which adopt to the Capitalism. To be specific, the price of tax will be rised, if everyone can access free healtcare. For instance, if someone has a cancer by smoking, why normal people have to pay for the cost of their health care? It seems ironic that even though we live in the consumer society, we have to pay for whom we don’t know well.

    On top of that, from my peronal experience, one of my english friends told me that there are some drawbacks of free healthcare. For example, a lot of refugees are coming to the U.K. at the moment. And he said that, it is serious burden for British people because refugees uaually don’t have enough money but they take free healcare in the U.K. . In other words, British people have to pay more money because of refugees.

    Therefore, I do believe that free healcare shouldn’t be happened in the world.

    • proftodd permalink*
      October 11, 2016 7:57 pm

      Actually in developed countries, there is state-sponsored capitalism where the wealthiest and most powerful are subsidized through taxation to build up the economy. In capitalist countries like the US, there is socialism for the wealthy and capitalism for everyone else. The best evidence is the public bailouts with taxpayer monies to the wealthiest Americans during the 2008 financial crisis. BTW, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, as well as most developed countries have public healthcare. I wouldn’t consider them to be communist.

      One note, your example of refugees overburdening the UK healthcare system is more of a weakness in immigration laws than a weakness in public healthcare, I think.

  6. idontknow permalink
    October 11, 2016 7:44 pm

    3.Should everyone be able to access free healthcare?

    I disagree everyone should be able to access free healthcare. The purpose of free healthcare is ‘medical service for eveyone’. The purpose seems beneficial. But i don’t think that everyone be able to access free healthcare, because of its expense. Free healthcare is not free,actually. If people receive the free medical service, the cost of service has to be paid by additional tax. Free healthcare seems to be free, but the expense from medical service will come back to everyone as a burden that has to be paid by additional tax. Moreover, there might be some bad people who abuse free healthcare. It can make the service worse.

  7. October 11, 2016 8:46 pm

    Korea has a mix of public and private funding in healthcare. People who have any incomes are taken out a national insurance obligatorily. If people want to take out more private insurances, it could. I think such Korea healthcare system has a variety of advantages. First, it enables patients to reduce burden of money. When people go to a hospital and make a payment, a government pay huge amounts of costs. Although healthcare is not fully free, many people think that costs patients should pay for is almost reasonable except for severe diseases like a cancer.
    Second, such mixed system is intended to improve national economy. Having people take advantage of healthcare with affordable prices results in increase on manpower. Especially in Korea, shortage of labor is very serious. Therefore, mixed system could contribute to maintaining labor.

  8. Eve21 permalink
    October 11, 2016 8:50 pm

    I think that Korean health care system is a mix of free and private system. If I go to an hospital, I pay reasonable amount and the rest is suited in Insurance. This system has more advantage when I get prescribed medicine. If I want to buy a medicine without doctor’s prescription, the price sometimes doubles. It is not totally free, but this range is adequate in my opinion. When I visited dentist in US, it costed almost more than 8~10 times than Korea, so it was too hard to afford for people in middle class, and especially as a foreigner. Compared to that, I believe Korean healthcare system is faily satisfying and well managed.

    • GOGI permalink
      October 12, 2016 11:36 am

      Wow…consultation fee in the US is very expensive!

  9. idontknow permalink
    October 11, 2016 9:37 pm

    I don’t agree everyone should be able to access free healthcare, because of its expense. Free healthcare is not actually free. The expense that is occured by medical service should be filled up by additional tax. The additional tax is also paid by citizens. If the additional cost imposes to citizens, it might be a burden to them. Moreover, free healthcare can be abused by some people. The purpose of free healthcare is ‘medical service for everone’. If someone who abuses the free medical system appears, the real purpose of it can be damages anyway.

  10. AND July permalink
    October 11, 2016 10:05 pm

    In my opinion, I think we should not allow people to have free health care system. There are plenty of reasons for this. First of all, when we think of rewards, actually payment for doctor, there are no proper ways to pay them. Then who wants to be a doctor, moreover, when government tries to reward, they need to get taxes from us in order to pay them. It is not fare system for other people who don’t need to go for hospital frequently. Secondly, if health care system become free to everyone, there would be so many people in hospital. For example, unlike these days, people would find hospital whenever they get hurt because it is free. Even though hospital has priority system, they can’t care so many people at a day. That eventually means that people will not satisfy with the free health care system. So in conclusion, I think health care system should not be free to everyone.

  11. greentea permalink
    October 11, 2016 10:35 pm

    Because of its ultimate aim, everyone should be able to access free healthcare. Free healthcare is one of the social security systems and that means it exists for citizen’s dignity. Therefore peoples of lower-income group who can feel that medical bills are threats should be able to access, although they are not helpful for operation of free healthcare economically. Some people think that those benefits shouldn’t be given to the wealthy people. However if they take up free healthcare, their taxes are useful for the working of the free healthcare fund. Lung cancer patients who smoked heavily are also able to take financial help through accessing the free healthcare. Even such people deserve to have a right for human dignity as a citizen. Because, as I mentioned, the core purpose of free healthcare system as a social safety net is making any type of people live as human when they are sick.

  12. Ezreal permalink
    October 11, 2016 10:58 pm

    Should everyone be able to access free healthcare?

    No, if governments give citizens healthcare free, they like it at first because of costs.
    However, it is not free in actual.
    Governments should increase taxes for providing free healthcare.
    It is hard to run free unless they raise taxes practically.
    Eventually, the cost is more or less the same as not practicing.
    Quality of healthcare is problem, if anything.
    Public healthcare systems are behind private healthcare systems actually.
    If people can afford costs, they think ” I’ll go private”.
    All thing considered, non-free healthcare is far the better of the two.
    Countries of free medical care is not providing 100% free care to patients in actual.
    Of course, case by case.
    All of things are my opinion.

  13. October 11, 2016 11:32 pm

    Should everyone be able to access free healthcare?

    I agree with this question. In my opinion, healthcare is one of the fundamental rights as citizen. In spite of healthy person, they also have a possibility to be sick. Actually, people might not worry about their slight illness such as cold. However, we can suppose one of situation. If people who are not affordable to be treated got a severe disease like cancer, what is the first thing that pops to their mind? Maybe, money. Although they are not just very poor, middle class people would also get worry about money. Society is consist of only a little rich people who are affordable all of things with their money. Others are always trying to earn a living. That’s why I assert everyone can get access free healthcare. Government has obligation to guarantee citizen’s living. We don’t have to worry about our health as this is fundamental things as human-being.

  14. bingo 77 permalink
    October 12, 2016 12:03 am

    Should everyone be able to access free healthcare?

    In my opinion, I disagree with that everyone should be able to access free healthcare. The system looks fair that all people can cure the disease for free. It is funded by government so citizens do not worry about expensive healthcare costs. Considering all aspects, free health care system looks good. However, I think it is beneficial for people in short terms. According to long term aspects, if free health care system continued for many years, the government will face financial burden. As health care system is developing every day so eventually the cost of medicine, hopital will be expensive rather than before. In addition, the experts suggest that life expectancy will rise continuously. Therefore, the government cannot avoid financial burden to assist all citizens.

  15. October 12, 2016 1:42 am

    Everyone should be able to access free healthcare. Health is fundamental element to lead a life. People can work, earn money and enjoy life only if they are healthy. So, it is important that people have an opportunity to treat themselves when they are sick. However, poor people can’t take appropriate medical care if healthcare is expensive. Life of poor people, unlike rich people’s life, is getting worse when they are sick. This system produces severe disproportion in quality of life between the poor and the rich. It is not right to leave poor people depending on family finances. Thus, government should be guarantee free healthcare for all people because government has an obligation to protect their citizens. Free healthcare is a way to guarantee minimum happiness of individuals.

    • GOGI permalink
      October 12, 2016 11:11 am

      I agree with your thinking! Government should offfer finacial aids to their citizens for healthcare.

  16. Gunner permalink
    October 12, 2016 3:17 am

    In my opinion, it is not reasonable to provide everyone healthcare for free. First of all, we should consider how all funds that are needed for various medical services can be raised. As you know, it is eventually all from taxes that we should cover. Free healthcare is just free for people whose income level is noticeably low. It is another huge burden for citizens who have high incomes. Next, it can let people not keep their body health individually. As there is not any cost of medical treatment, motivation for physical fitness is decreased naturally. Finally, the quality of overall medical services can be dropped. Because there is no competition among doctors or hospitals; moreover, they cannot earn more money even if they work hard and do their best for patients. Thus, I don’t agree with free healthcare.

  17. GOGI permalink
    October 12, 2016 11:07 am

    Korean healthcare system is composed of public and private funding. People pay premium every month which is deducted from their salaries. Government provides financial aid for drug and some treatment. Korean health care system is considered very successful system. There are two reasons for this. First of all, Korean health care system runs a national health insurance which provides all the people who go to doctor with financial help. This nationwide insurance do not discriminate people and relieves every citizens` economic burden. Second, health care system as a safety net is well organized. For example, government vaccinates the older and the young for free to prevent epidemic disease like flu. And community health center offer vaccination or medical examination very cheap. Also community doctors visit senior citizens and check their health condition regularly. Therefore, this unique healthcare system makes Korean people more easily accessible to doctors than other countries.

  18. Lana permalink
    October 12, 2016 11:41 am

    I do not think that everyone should use healthcare service for free, because it can burden on government financial circumstances. Government finance is mainly composed of citizen’s tax and has limit. If everyone uses healthcare service for free, government should spend so much taxes on this kind of healthcare service. Consequently, the government do not afford to invest other parts that need financial help. Also, it inevitably reduces quality of healthcare service or citizens have to pay more tax to sustain government financial circumstances. Thus, I think that government should guarantee basic healthcare service to all nations for securing basic human rights and support more to the poor. It makes stable financial circumstances and keep good quality of healthcare service.

  19. BOO permalink
    October 12, 2016 12:04 pm

    In Korea, the health care system is a mixed health care system. People can use both public and private insurance. Public system is run by government. It requires all its citizens to take out health insurance from their salary. Private system is run by insurance company. I think the Korea health care system is better than any other health care system. Because it has advantages of both public and private system. First, anyone can get a medical service without worrying about money. It helps poor people financially. Especially, as for serious and important medical services, no one should not be treated discriminatingly. And secondly, according to private insurance, people who use private insurance can be guaranteed health care more and more. If there is only public system of health care, qualities of health care system will be decreased. So that’s why i think the Korea health care system is better.

  20. Jelly permalink
    October 12, 2016 12:13 pm

    In my opinion, healthcare should not be access to everyone for free. Free healthcare system seems like an impartial way to treat patients, but it is a discriminatory contribution in reality. The source of free healthcare system comes from citizen’s tax. Since there is no other budget, free healthcare hospital easily faces the risk of deficits. it is hard for them to secure the budget. Then there will be a falling off in quality of the hospital service. The only solution of this problem is to raise the tax rates, but this needs lots of time and effort. Therefore, stable funding have to support the hospital. Not just free healthcare but good quality of free healthcare should be fulfilled.

  21. Rachel permalink
    October 12, 2016 12:54 pm

    1.How would you describe the Korean health care system? What are its advantages?

    I think we have mixed healthcare system in Korea.
    Basically, Everyone who pay healthcare fee can be entitled to receive healthcare.
    So when we go to hospital to see a doctor, They partialy charge to us and charge to goverment rest of cost.
    But serious illness and surgery may take a lot of cost. some people have private insurance for that cases.
    I think advatage of Korean healthcare system is that everyone dosen’t need to pay
    a lot of money. Since goverment support healthcare for every citizen, people can access to
    hospital easily.

  22. MOON permalink
    October 12, 2016 2:10 pm

    I think everyone should be able to access free health because of following two reasons. First of all, health is so fundamental that people need it to live their lives. Without health, people do not live well or even can not manage basic living. Second, it is one of the most important responsibilities for the government to help, protect and support citizens. So,people can manage their health to live well and can be healthy. In summary, due to these two reasons, I would like to say people should get free health care.

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