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CRW 2 Mon/Wed 9:00 Class (Unit 3 Medicine)

September 9, 2020

Hello everyone. This homework is from Wednesday, Sept. 9 and it is due by Sunday, Sept. 13th at 5:00 PM.

Please write your opinion on the following topic: Should everyone have access to free healthcare? Explain. (approx 150 words)

24 Comments leave one →
  1. Kim Donghyun permalink
    September 9, 2020 11:26 am

    I don’t think all medical services need to be free for everyone.
    Providing free health care to everyone can cost a lot of tax or require a very wealthy country like the UAE. Of course, there are exceptions such as Cuba, but this was possible because it was a communist country, and the quality of medical care is poor.
    As in the UK, the quality of health care will be degraded and, as in the case of a Cuban medical staff leak, it could lead to a foreign leak by medical staff.
    However, if all medical services are paid for, treatment will cost a lot of money, which will be a very heavy burden for low-income people. This may lead to a situation where medical services are only available to some citizens, like the United States.
    Therefore, I think that it is better to partially support medical services from the government rather than to provide free medical services to everyone.

  2. Kim Jung Eun permalink
    September 9, 2020 5:42 pm

    I think that everyone should have access to free healthcare. Free healthcare service is run by government’s fund and imposed taxes according to people’s income. Rich people might think that it is unjust for them to pay taxes. They might think getting best medical service is more important. However every citizens should have chance to get medical services whether they are rich or poor. Patients should not be denied treatment or consultation because of money. For example, like these days when pandemic all around the world, government should make their citizens take medical check ups to prevent virus spreading. In Korea, because of free healthcare individuals have less burden on paying for inspection and medical service. Thanks to this, patients suspected of infection come to the hospital for examination without financial burden. In the long run this works positively because since everyone can get inspection they can stay healthy. For public good everyone should have access to free healthcare.

  3. Na Yae Won permalink
    September 10, 2020 6:01 pm

    I believe that everyone should have access to healthcare. To give citizens equal access, a free health care system should be chosen. The best point of this system is that all people can get a suitable treatment by collecting a certain amount of tax. However, the most fatal problem of public health care is quality. Compared to private health care, it is inevitable that the quality of the free health care system getting lower and lower. However, it is important to pursue a society where we all can enjoy an equal right, whatever it is. If some citizens want high-quality medical care, those people can pay an extra cost, leaving as an option. The way of collecting tax from can differ depending on the circumstances, but I think having access to healthcare regardless of the income should be more prioritized. We cannot discriminate certain citizens depending on one’s earnings or possessions.

  4. Pyun Do Il permalink
    September 10, 2020 9:25 pm

    All medical services should not be able to free for all citizens. First, the medical charge’s declining is inevitable because of limitation of the government’s budget as the social burden. Therefore, the quality of medical system has been declined. But medical services which are basically different with Food and Housing or otherwise are very critical. Because the quality of medical system is directly connected with our life itself, not quality of life. So, to support quality of medical providing is need to more and more resources which is being social burden and it could be much worse. For instance, the Soviet Union’s free medical services system had been collapsed in 1980’s like other communist countries’s which were free medical services system.
    Thus, as policies of social welfare, there is need to special policies for citizens who can not easily access to better quality of medical services. And that is more efficient for society than free medical services system.

  5. Kim Chae Eun permalink
    September 11, 2020 2:22 pm

    I am against with giving free healthcare to the whole nation.
    It is inefficient to give free healthcare to those who can afford it. This will only strain the nation’s financial situation. This financial burden will eventually lead to a decline in healthcare quality. This is because it is difficult to maintain healthcare’s quality within limited resources instead of public support. There is no choice but to collect more taxes in other areas to maintain quality. This in turn puts another burden on the people.
    As in the case of Korea, collecting healthcare costs based on income levels would be much better for the quality of healthcare and nation’s financial situation. I think it is a better way to provide free healthcare service such as medical consultation or treatment only to those who have financial difficulties, such as low-income earners. This will be a safety-net for low-income earners.

  6. Kim Jin Kyung permalink
    September 11, 2020 3:29 pm

    Korea offers medical insurance services, and of course, it is questionable whether the service is free of charge in a strict sense, but Korea’s medical insurance system is considered free of charge, given the various health care systems in countries around the world. Because 100 percent free medical services cannot exist. Thus, relative to each other, medical services in Korea can be defined as free.Among the countries that have paid medical service system, the United States is the model. By comparing these two countries, we can find a clue to solve the problem of whether free medical services should be accessible or not. As evidenced by the recent Corona crisis, U.S. healthcare are at a critical level. If you catch the Corona virus disease, tens of millions of won will be spent on the treatment. That’s why the socially disadvantaged do not receive medical services even if they catch the corona virus disease, which is one of the reasons why the United States has become the number one Corona infection rate in the world. Furthermore, unaffordability of a medical service makes people dependent on medicaments with strong remedial effects, which thus contain high-level segments of drugs. So many Americans are becoming drug addicts indirectly. This is causing serious social problems.
    On the other hand, many Koreans actively cooperate with the treatment of corona because the state provides the rest of the cost if they pay about 200,000 won. As such cases have become an example around the world, the new term K-quarantine has been coined, and countries around the world are praising Korea’s medical system.
    I can’t say that Korea is an equal country, but I can say it is at least an equal country in health care. Medical services are directly related to the lives of the people, so if the value of ‘all life is equal’ is assumed, in the end, everyone should have access to free medical services.

  7. Choi Yumin permalink
    September 12, 2020 12:05 pm

    I disagree with giving free healthcare access to everyone. Giving free healthcare to everyone creates a huge burden on the country’s budget management. So It is too hard to give free healthcare to everyone in all countries because level of the budget depends greatly on the economic level of the country. Also if we spend too much money for provide free health care, everyone can not satisfy with quality of treatment. People with low incomes are inevitably required to receive free health care, but people with high incomes may be dissatisfied because they can pay more and receive higher quality of care. Therefore, it is a good idea to give a free medical opportunity selectively rather than to give a free opportunity everyone. To provide free medical treatment only to those who are relatively low-income people who are difficult to receive high quality medical treatment, it can improve the quality of medical treatment and increase the satisfaction of people.

  8. Kim chaeyeon permalink
    September 12, 2020 10:51 pm

    I don’t think that everyone should access to free healthcare.
    It costs a lot of money for the state to provide free healthcare service for every people.
    As a result of that policy, nation needs to collect huge amount of taxes and use the most of it for free healthcare services.
    It could be burden to the nation. Because the nation has many other things to use taxes besides the healthcare policy.
    And if the nation provides free healthcare services, it would be low quality service. I think it’s very inefficient.
    However, all citizens have the right to be guaranteed health regardless of their income or status.
    So i would like to give an example of Germany and Korea which have insurance policy.
    They collect insurance fee from all workers according to their income. So people can go to the hospital whenever
    they need healthcare services without burden on hospital bills. No matter how much they earn.
    This policy not only enable the people to receive the proper treatment on time, but also improve health level without much burden on the national finances.

  9. Lee ji yoon permalink
    September 12, 2020 11:00 pm

    I am agree that everyone should have access to free healthcare. Since medical services are related to a person’s life, I don’t think they should be discriminated against based on income or property. Rich people who have a lot of money about implementing public health services may object to getting better quality health care, but for most people living on average income, public health services will play a major role in improving the quality of life. Especially in the case of infectious diseases, the national damage from the disease will be enormous if there are people who do not have treatment fees or are burdened with treatment. Who will be responsible for failing to prevent the spread of the epidemic? Therefore, it may be difficult for the state to provide quality medical services free of charge, but I think it is necessary to provide the least amount of public medical services for people to live like a human being.

  10. Choi Yoon Jueng permalink
    September 13, 2020 12:55 am

    From my point of view, healthcare should be free not for everybody, but for those who cannot afford it. In fact, free healthcare doesn’t mean a real ‘free’ healthcare. It means that the government has to fund it by dividing up the national budget from somewhere else. That is, if the government spends more money on healthcare, it will lead to a decrease in other funding for public services such as education, housing, labour and so on. I think it is necessary to allocate the budget in a balanced way as a social safety net, because it is limited.
    Moreover, if the country faces a financial burden, it is likely that free healthcare causes a lower-quality treatment. One of the most important things in medical care is quality, which it is directly related to the health of people. I believe as long as the poor are able to get access to healthcare by financial support, the others should pay for their medical expenses to maintain or improve the quality of services and facilities.

  11. Yun Jeong Min permalink
    September 13, 2020 1:07 am

    I think everyone should be able to access to free healthcare.
    All patients should be able to receive proper treatment regardless of money. it is unfair that patients don’t receive proper treatment because they are poor. The poor are not just because they lack effort. And I don’t think high-income earners have made money solely on their own. I think it is possible for them to get such jobs and make money because of the government’s support and the social activities of many people such as compulsory education, free vocational training. Therefore, in many parts of society, discrimination caused by money should be reduced.
    For these reasons, the government needs to build free medical services. Some people oppose free medical care as poor quality. However, free medical services do not necessarily mean that the quality of medical care is inferior. Because the hospital does not provide free medical services. Hospitals are paid by the government through tax or health insurance schemes as much as they provide medical services.
    In conclusion, I think that all citizens should be able to use the free medical service regardless of their income and this service should be run by taxes or medical insurance.

  12. Kang taegyoun permalink
    September 13, 2020 1:07 am

    I don’t think it’s good for everyone to use medical services for free because for medical technology to develop, doctors need to do more research, because if they all get free medical services, they won’t do passionate research if they belong to the state and don’t get paid as much as they do now. In the capitalist world, I think that medical services can only be developed if they pay the right price for medical services in accordance with capitalism. Also, we are planning to conduct a national film of medical services in Korea, and the opinions of doctors who oppose it are consistent with the above opinion. I think it is inevitable in a capitalist society that there will be fewer doctors who pay their salaries to the state and fewer people who wish to be doctors, and then those who lack the qualifications will be doctors.

  13. Jeong In Hae permalink
    September 13, 2020 5:01 am

    I can’t agree the opinion that all citizens should have access to free healthcare. Most free healthcare system is practiced by residents’ taxation. Based on people’s income, they pay the taxes different which means that the rich have to pay the taxes more than the poor. Regardless of how much they pay for taxes, all people will get same quality care. I would say it is quite unfair because free healthcare system provides low quality of service to everyone inevitably. Furthermore, it causes financial burden to government due to its tremendous quantity of providing free healthcare such as consultations, treatment, and medicines to all residents. There is a view that private healthcare contributes to diseases spreading quickly than free healthcare. However, the taxes could be better used by government such as supporting research to find better treatment for epidemic and constructing strong prevention of epidemics. For public fairness, healthcare should not be free by government.

  14. Kim Ga Been permalink
    September 13, 2020 12:02 pm

    I am opposed to providing free healthcare to everyone. Free healthcare means that the government should face a huge financial burden. This can lead to a drop in the quality of medical services and facilities provided for the public. Bearing an enormous cost to provide medical services to even those who are capable of paying their own medical costs, and eventually providing low-quality services to everyone is a very inefficient way. I think it’s more efficient to help more people in need or invest in other welfare services, using money for supporting those who can afford their medical costs. In conclusion, it is more nationally beneficial to support medical bills in part according to income levels, rather than to provide free healthcare to everyone. This provides a safety net for people with low income levels, and allows those with high income levels to receive high-quality medical care as much as they want.

  15. Seong hye min permalink
    September 13, 2020 12:37 pm

    I think everybody should not be able to access free healthcare, however, the government should provide free vaccines for infectious diseases. Infectious diseases pose a threat not only to individuals but also to society, so the government has an obligation to prevent them. It is the least social safety net the government can provide without interrupt individual choice and private industy competition.
    If the government provides public health care, it causes lower-quality medical services. People will go to hospital regardless of their pain, then patients who has serious illness cannot be treated on time. Also exhausted medical staffs cannot provide optimal medical services.
    In addition, the government are facing unsustainable financial burden because of expensive medical system and life expectancy. Then the government tries to collect money from citizens to supplement national treasury, and it increases tax burden on citizens. It causes another inequality to citizens because their tax burden increases, but the quality of medical service that they recieved decreases. Therefore, the government should provide free vaccines as a safety net, but they should not provide public healthcare to all citizens.

  16. Jung Yeabin permalink
    September 13, 2020 3:26 pm

    It is inappropriate to provide free healthcare for everyone. If the total amount of healthcare is ensured by government, it definitely lightens the burdens which patients would have but it also would cause social fairness problems. Medical services sometimes demand heavy charges of money in case of some specific conditions that patients need to be operated on or even they are hospitalized. But if the government ensures the free healthcare only for the patients, undoubtedly people who do not need such treatments would think they are not having fair right while only the sick get medical welfare from their country, and they would think it is unfair.
    Also free medical service policy would impede medical advancements and pharmaceutical research. It is because the government contributes to the medical practice as much as they could pay as per their own valuable resources. The medical studies require much support fund – the more, the better. But if only the country’s own natural resources are used to fund the medical profession, it could not fulfill the budget for it.
    To sum up, for fair distributions of well-being and development of medicine, the free healthcare is improper. The development of medicine is soon linked to the national growth, so the state must guarantee a lot of support. And individuals have to assume the responsibility to be guaranteed their rights, therefore, the governments should provide other medical welfare policy that guarantees fairness and practical equality. In this respect, public medical insurance program from the public healthcare or the mixed system will be the alternative policy.

  17. Lim Yeji permalink
    September 13, 2020 3:31 pm

    Even this question is controversial, I think everybody should be able to access to public healthcare because of following reasons. First, healthcare service is essential for everyone, so government should build stable healthcare system and give healthcare service to all citizens regardless who they are and how much they earn. This can be refuted because public healthcare might cause financial burden to the national budget. However, it can be solved by raising tax. Although there is possibility that the government face with public objection, they need to pay more tax and try to have a stronger safety net to receive proper treatment without financial burden in the future. Second, public healthcare also provide high quality medical services. Even if Korea has implemented public healthcare system, it is known to provide high quality medical consultations and treatments. In effect, Korea has been one of the most popular medical tourism countries and many medical tourists visit Korea. If a country can give high quality medical services to all citizens, it would be the best. In that medical services are essential factor to everyone and high quality health treatments can be provided with public healthcare, I strongly agree that everybody should be able to access to public healthcare.

  18. 최소미 permalink
    September 13, 2020 4:21 pm

    I disagree with providing free or public healthcare system to everyone. Of course, I agree that healthcare service has to be accessible for everyone, however I don’t think free healthcare system is a proper way of achieving this goal.
    Firstly, it causes an unsustainable financial burden. In the context of the COVID-19 crisis, we all got to know how ensuring adequate funding is important. The use of excessive taxes at normal times makes it difficult to raise taxes in emergency situations like nowadays.
    Furthermore, the term ‘free’ does not actually mean fairness or equality. There are two kinds of equality: equality of opportunity and equality of outcome. To make the world a better place, we should focus on equality of opportunity. Because everyone’s status or position is different. However, free healthcare only cares about the equality of outcome. Regardless of people’s income, medical services are provided to anyone. That is, people who are rich enough to pay are also provided with the national budget. And, this could cause the poor citizens who sincerely need it afterward cannot get any benefits from the government. I don’t think this is what equality is.
    As healthcare is strongly correlated with human rights, research from various perspectives is necessary. However, from my point of view, free healthcare is not an answer.

    • proftodd permalink*
      September 13, 2020 7:18 pm

      Then which system is preferable, a mixed system or private system?

  19. Jung Yejin permalink
    September 13, 2020 4:47 pm

    I think everyone should access to free healthcare. It means that everyone has access to quality healthcare without suffering financial hardship. Without healthcare, it is hard to get treatment at the hospital. In Korea, if you get a light cold, we can get treatment at a low price because they are covered by healthcare, but in the U.S., patients have to pay expensive bills to go to the hospital because of colds. So, it is a bigger burden when they have to get expensive treatment, such as large surgery. If people are not cured of the disease, it can lead to national losses. If people are sick and they cannot get treatment, they cannot work, then the number of workers will decrease and it will affect the national economy. So I think everyone should access free healthcare.

  20. Lee Ga eun permalink
    September 13, 2020 4:47 pm

    I don’t think everybody should use free healthcare.
    This doesn’t mean that I advocate a private healthcare system which only people who pay for it can receive medical treatments, but it is a waste of tax money for the entire nation to use medical services at no cost. In order to build such a system, people have to pay all these expenses in taxes, and those who are able to afford the costs of private healthcare tend not to use free medical services. As a result, this system gives the benefit to people who do not need it, causing taxes to be wasted.
    Canada is the country where all medical services are free of charge. But to get a medical treatment in canada, people should wait for hours or days, even though it is a simple one. Also, there are many misdiagnoses and the quality of healthcare is generally poor. “Free” doesn’t imply it is in a low-quality, but doctors may not do their best for treatment because they do not receive money directly from patients. Therefore, I think free healthcare should be provided only to those who are too poor to receive basic medical services, not to the entire nation.
    In my opinion, nations should use a mixed healthcare system like Korea. While Korea’s government does not raise medical funds separately from taxes, it imposes taxes on people for a specific purpose of medical insurance. For example, if someone is a worker, the insurance fees are imposed on the individual and the company which he belongs, respectively. Since individuals pay 3.24 percent of their monthly income based on 2019 health insurance premiums, and the companies pay another 3.24 percent, the individual will pay much less. And there are commercial medical insurance companies in Korea, because patients pay for the hospital themselves. There is also a system which allows people to get back the hospital bills they have paid through these commercial companies, which means that an individual could pay much lower expenses of insurance than other countries.
    Thus, I think nations should establish a healthcare system which makes it easier for people to access and receive more benefits like Korea, rather than providing free healthcare to all of them.

    • proftodd permalink*
      September 13, 2020 5:29 pm

      In Canada, “Also, there are many misdiagnoses and the quality of healthcare is generally poor. ”

      ????? According to world rankings of healthcare systems, Canada’s system typically ranks as one of the best. Do you have any data to support your opinion that the quality of healthcare is poor?

  21. Han Seunghoon (한승훈) permalink
    September 13, 2020 5:08 pm

    Free healthcare is a crucial issue which affects every citizen’s welfare. I agree free healthcare with limited types of diseases covered should be provided to everyone.

    Firstly, if the government doesn’t provide public healthcare service, someone who cannot afford private insurance can be in serious danger caused by any disease. It is the nation’s duty to protect it’s citizen, so it is mandatory to provide public healthcare service.

    Secondly, providing public healthcare can reduce the damage caused by the spread of disease such as epidemic. Public healthcare system can manage and prevent possible infectious diseases, and the economic profits from prevention may offset the cost of providing healthcare service.

    However, the government should carefully consider which diseases to include in healthcare service. This is because including unnecessary services such as plastic surgery can result in increases in costs.

  22. 공지연(Gong Ji Yeon) permalink
    September 20, 2020 7:50 pm

    It seems to me that healthcare should be free for the limited people who cannot afford the system.
    First of all, It is so difficult to arrange sufficient financial resources for medical care. So, there would be a low possibility of giving medical care in urban and rural areas.
    Second, If the free healthcare was introduced and carried out, people could think that they don’t have to pay for their living conditions. However, all healthcare is paid through citizens’ ‘taxes’. The government have to confiscate your money to give you health care. It’s not real free.
    Also, the pharmaceutical company have to get profit by selling the drug for healthcare. In return, they conduct researches and clinical trials to provide better quality healthcare to customers each year.

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