Some people think that good health is essential to every person, so medical services should not be run by profit-making companies. Do the disadvantages of private health care outweigh the advantage?
Nowadays, there is a flourishing development of private health care organisations around the world. However, whether this critically important sector of social welfare system should be owned by private instead of public remains a controversial issue. I agree with the view that both of the private and public owned health care organisations would be supplementary to each other and encouraged by governments.
Firstly, it is obvious that the aim for establishing for-profit medical institutions is to make money, so they will definitely provide the best high-quality treatment and services to their customers, that is patients. This is particularly popular among special high-end groups in the society. But driven by the incentives to gain more money, these institutions are far more prone to prescribe expensive medicines and overuse their medical devices to make more profits.
Whereas, the state-owned medical organisations, as national infrastructural services providers, are undoubtedly suitable for ordinary people in the country. With the subsidisation of governments, they are able to offer at least the basic nation-wide medical coverage, regardless of the income of patients. The disadvantage, though, is that their levels of services and therapy are inevitably uneven or unreliable due to the shortage of fund and understaffed hospitals in some areas.
Therefore, in most countries today, these two different moulds of medical institutions have already been co-existing in the society to cater for different people. It has been proved that everyone can get the basic medical care and people who are capable to pay for the pricy bills can enjoy the better services.
In sum, it is the governments’ obligation to encourage and lay down regulations to the two players in the markets. Only by combination of the benefits of both systems could we ensure that we could establish a complete and impartial medical system beneficial to all citizens in the countries.