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Writing Task 2
You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Write about the following topic:
People’s access to good health care should not depend on social factors such as their level of income or social status .
Do you agree or disagree? Give reasons for your answer.
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
Everybody, at some time or other in their lives, suffers from health problems. Some people live long, healthy lives, while other unfortunate people have ailments and complaints that plague them throughout their lives. Whether people are healthy or not depends, to a certain extent, on their position in society; poor people are more likely to have more health problems than wealthier people.
In my opinion, one’s position in society should effect the level one’s access to good health care; poor people should have more, not less, access to health care, and because poor people cannot usually afford private and expensive schemes, health care should be free to them.
Living in sub-standard housing, eating poor food, and working longer and harder than their wealthier counterparts, means that poor people are generally less healthy.
The National Health Service of UK (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) was set up in 1948 and gave the poorer people there as much access to health care as anyone else.
A healthy workforce means a healthier economy, and that is what happened; people became healthier and lived longer because of the provision of a nationwide, free health service.
In USA, the richest country in the world, no free health care service exists. This means that poor, unemployed people cannot get the care they often so desperately need. This seems to go against any notions of freedom and democracy and is patently unfair.
To sum up, people’s access to good healthcare should not depend on their social standing in society, but merely on the fact that they are human beings and as such are deserving of the same consideration and respect as anyone else in society.
Robert L. Fielding
1. Television does more harm than good, according to many critics. Do you agree?
In the years since television was invented by John Logie Baird, it has been responsible for the dissemination of a plethora of information on all sorts of subjects, ranging from social issues, news items and documentaries, as well, of course as a medium for films and plays. However, being an avid viewer myself, I would say that the function of TV has changed since those early years.
In my opinion, television, while still being a force for good in the world, in as much as it attempts to provide information to its audience, as well as entertaining them and educating them, actually brings things into living rooms things that would be better left out of them. Here, I am thinking about the amount of violence shown every night on our screens.
With the advent of 24-hour TV, producers and broadcasters are having to find more material than ever before, much of it showing violent behavior: people getting killed and maimed in ways that are both horrid and extremely graphic.
Many years ago, the BBC had what was then referred to as a ‘9 o’clock cut off time’ – before that time, nothing was broadcast that was unsuitable for children. Any films showing violence or in which actors used strong language, were only shown after 9pm – usually well after.
However, it has to be said that channels like the History channel, Discovery and National Geographic still broadcast excellent programmes about the world in which we live.
In addition to the amount and type of violence shown on our screens at any time of day, commercial advertising seems to have reached a point where programmes are interrupted for long periods of time. It is the nature of these ads that I resent and which, in my opinion, are having detrimental, if not actually harmful effects, particularly on younger and more susceptible members of society.
We are constantly made to believe that our lives could be truly and utterly transformed by our purchasing this brand of cigarettes or that type of alcoholic beverage. I am not saying that this is always believed, but that it does nevertheless influence various types of consumers.
The BBC, not being a commercially supported channel, is alone in showing programmes without punctuating them every fifteen minutes with commercial drivel.
Finally, although I do believe that TV has become something it was never intended by Baird, we do have the final say in what we watch. I use it regularly – the off-switch!
Robert L. Fielding