It is the responsibility of the government to provide health care to everyone living in that country

In a country, the government provides all kinds of services and benefits, with the welfare of their citizens in heart. There is no denying that most governments would want their citizens and those who have nationality to be healthy and active, so economics, culture and other aspects could thrive with participation from the people. What's more, healthy and uplifting citizens means a stable society, which contributes to the stabilization of the governing authorities. That’s why healthcare is an important issue for many countries, no matter whether they are developed or developing. Healthcare services related policies differ in every nation, some are supported by the central government, with health institutes even as government subsidies, some countries rather took on free competition for the healthcare industry, similar to that of the free market theory, which focuses on you pay for what you use, and support from the government is seldom seen. There are pros and cons for providing and not providing healthcare to everyone living in that country. For the governments that provide healthcare, citizens can receive high quality healthcare at a more reasonable price, but that comes with the downside of financial burden for the central government. For those that don’t provide healthcare, the market is free, and the market theory controls the prices using the balance between consumer needs and distributions, and governments only monitor healthcare providing on a basic level, which make new therapies possible and more likely to be allowed. This comes with the consequences of some unable to afford such expensive healthcare. Take my home country, Taiwan, for a great example. We have a National Health Insurance system that has been going on for 20 years. With the development of this system, citizens can receive high quality treatment at a fairly low price. This system is well-acclaimed by many, citizens and foreigners alike, and it serves as a model for many countries trying to do so. However, not everything is perfect. This system of ours suffers from constant abuse by some who have malicious intent, creating burdens on the system itself, this issue is also created by free emergency medical services provided by local fire departments, which is also a target of misuse. What’s more, the financial problems of the system have begun to arise in recent years, prompting the government to make a change. In the U.S, the matter of a healthcare system supported by the government has been on debate that has been going on for so many years, and as known by the world, medical care and medical transport fees are expensive, thus forcing the people to give up care, even if they are sick or injured. This is not only a society but also a political issue for many in the U.S. As the constitution in many countries has regulated, the government is to provide certain welfare for the citizens of a country. While some consider this to be a total healthcare system, some consider building hospitals and clinics to be enough. No matter which side they choose, I still consider it necessary and responsible that governments should provide a certain degree of healthcare, which is affordable and easy to reach, that way, authorities would not go against the human rights protected and emphasized by the constitution.
Submitted by Tzu-Yi Wen on
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