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Does everyone have the right to the best healthcare, regardless of cost?
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November 14, 2011
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There are many different health care systems around the world. In the Netherlands medical treatment is accessible for everybody and I think this is a great asset. Our health care is funded partly by obligatory health insurance and partly by income related contribution. Key features are that the premium is not related to health status and the quality of care is not related to income. This seems ideal, but it has a downside. The costs of health care are rising and therefore the premium goes up every year. For example, this year the premium has gone up from 120 euro per month to 150 euro per month. If it goes on like this, many people will not be able to afford the obligatory health insurance.

New and advanced medical treatments are one of the reasons that health care is getting more expensive. In order to get a grip on those costs, Dutch insurance companies have put restrictions on the use of expensive treatments. These restrictions are based on medical grounds and not on financial ones.  One example is a new drug for diabetes that not only leads to better blood glucose levels but also to considerable weight loss. It has taken the drug companies many years to develop this drug and therefore it is quite expensive. One can imagine that obese patients with diabetes are eager to start with this new treatment but the insurance companies have decided that they only reimburse when people are morbid obese and conventional medication has failed. This system inevitably leads to more paperwork for health care providers and insurance companies and frustration for patients who do not get new treatments because they do not fit the criteria. Nevertheless, I think it is the only way that we can keep general health care affordable for all people and the best medicine available for those who need it most.

November 20, 2011
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Hi Anke, and thanks for another excellent essay. 

 

There's not really a lot I could suggest for this. At 313 words, you don't really have time in IELTS to add more, even though I sense from the way that your essay ends that you would like to add more - perhaps much more!

 

That's part of the challenge of the IELTS Task 2 writing - you have to get your ideas across in 250-350 words, and it can be frustrating to do that well within those limits.

 

I know that many writers worry that they will never reach 250 words, but after a little practice, the real challenge becomes one of getting your ideas across very succinctly within what is really a small number of words!

 

The only thing I might change (and I would have to check with my medical colleagues) is the word form of 'morbid' in the last paragraph - should it be 'morbidly' obese?

 

I will try to write an answer to this essay topic at about a Band 6 level with about 250 words -  I'll post here when I've done it.

 

Thanks again, and you are right - practice helps!

November 21, 2011
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Hi everyone

I've added a 300-word sample essay on this topic at http://writefix.com/?p=3317 (opens in new window). I'm not very happy with it - I think the conclusion needs work. What do you think?

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