Task2 - Health >> Public Vs Private Health Care

"Public Vs Private Health Care"

Some people think that health care is a basic human necessity that should not be provided by private companies, but should be provided by the state.

Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of health care being provided by the private sector.


Without a doubt, health care services have brought to our society incredible benefits. However, there are a variety of different perspectives on the question whether governments or individual organizations should bear responsibility for community wellness services. In my point of view, before answering this question, people need to have informed awareness not only about the benefits but also the restrictions of private wellness enterprises.

Private healthcare services are a favorable option for patients for several reasons. If people go to private hospitals, they are served by appropriate services and fast medical treatment. The main reason is that shareholders or owners run the business with a large capital which is possible to invest in not only equipment but also staff. Therefore, all transactions including operations, medicine or even consultants are implemented rapidly and effectively. Moreover, thanks to strong finance, private health institutions are able to recruit highly qualified doctors and nurses who are experienced and professional in particular sectors. Hence, patients are taken care of carefully and they are possible to recover soon.

Despite the positive outcomes, individual healthcare has a few drawbacks. Firstly, it has limited health conditions because some appointments and treatments are not covered by many polices required. Indeed, although private health insurance supports to the patient's lower prices, it does not contain long-term injury. In addition, many health care policies are cutting back on the number of services and rising cost as a result of constantly rising premium which is the effect of annual growth in economic inflation.

All things considered, health care services provided by private companies have enormous advantages. However, in order to ensure healthy conditions for the whole community, hospitals and other health related institutions should be also provided by governments.

By Thanh Thien, Thanh Hua, Thao Nguyen

Comment from ITP

A good discussion of health care issues related to financing. The second paragraph is well developed, however, some clarification in terms of why private health care service providers are in a strong financial position would be helpful. Some good synonymous language for advantages and disadvantages: benefits, restrictions, favorable, positive, drawbacks.