In many societies in the world, the population is ageing rapidly and this is leading to an unsustainable increase in the cost of public healthcare. A nation’s population should pay for their healthcare provision in the future. To what extent do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your knowledge or experience.

Advances in medical science are resulting in prolonged
lifespans but
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lifespans, but
there is
a
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A
knock-on effect for public
health
services with many hospitals struggling to
cope
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Cope
with an aging populace. Many countries enjoy the benefits of free or
subsidised
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Subsidised
national public
health
services.
However
, there are some within
senior
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Senior
health
management who
claim
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claims
that
such
provision will become
unsustainable
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Unsustainable
, and I firmly agree that changes need to be made in order to
reflect
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Reflect
this
changing reality. Despite the notion that
healthcare
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health care
should be ‘free’,
such
care is
predominantly
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Predominantly
funded by the taxpayer. To give a specific example, a recent
report
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Report
in my country established that almost 40% of the nation’s tax
spending
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Spending
is distributed to
healthcare
and some 80% of that figure is reserved
for
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For
treating the elderly.
This
is a disproportionate amount of money which
has
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Has
greatly increased the burden on the state and existing funding is no
longer
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Longer
sufficient to meet these needs.
This
is turn impacts on the standard of
care
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Care
that can be provided as shown by numerous negative media reports
about
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About
the conditions for both staff and patients. If we want quality
healthcare
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Healthcare
then
, clearly
this
financial burden needs to be alleviated. One way to do so would be to increase the contributions made by citizens
through
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Through
increased taxation.
Alternatively governments
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Alternatively, governments
could encourage
those
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Those
who can afford it to take up private
healthcare
arrangements. By
switching
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Switching
to a private model, the well-off can afford a higher quality of care,
while
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While
at the same relieving pressure on public services for those who do not
have
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Have
the means to go private. One thing is for certain, an ageing population has increased the pressure on
existing
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Existing
health
provision. If we are going to maintain the standards of
healthcare
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Health care
Healthcare
that we are used to, more funding needs to be found either
through
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Through
taxation and alternative forms of provision should be considered.
Otherwise
, standards will fall and people’s lives will be put at risk.
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