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Health care should not be provided for free regardless of a person’s income. The health of a person is in their own hands and they should, therefore, be held accountable for that. Do you agree with this statement?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
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An exorbitant sum of money is being spent on health care by many governments, both in developed and developing countries. It is said by some that the health of an individual lies in his own radius, and hence he is to be responsible for the expenses related to it, irrespective of his economic status. Despite some exceptional cases, this argument seems to be rational to many, including me.
In the past, many of the health problems were attributed to ignorance of the people related to a healthy lifestyle. However, now, the results of progressing technology in the health sector have made people aware of how to lead a healthy life. Most governments and media are taking responsibility in giving health awareness to the public.
Even though many modern men are well-aware of the factors which contribute to both healthy and unhealthy living, a sizeable proportion of them fail to maintain good standards of living. This happens both among the rich and the poor. For example, many ignore the continuous warning against smoking. The situation is the same in case of promoting healthy lifestyles by means of proper diet, rest and exercise. As these problems stem mostly from the individuals themselves, it is irrational to expect either the tax-payer or any charity organization to meet their health needs, once they suffer ailments which are more likely to arise from their inappropriate pattern of living.
Nevertheless, this view looks to be illogical in cases of extreme situations like poverty, war or any pandemics. These situations are not foreseen by the common man and he could hardly evade such troubles. In such situations, irrespective of their economic status, people need assistance.
To conclude, albeit there are situations in which individuals need health assistance, irrespective of their economic status, I think the primary responsibility still lies with the person himself.