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Cut of a country’s budget, a large proportion should be diverted from treatment to spending on health education and preventative measures. To what extent do you agree with the statement? (436 words)
It stands to reason that health is of first and foremost importance to everyone. Government are therefore investing more into health care. However, still there is the debate over how much country’s budget should be spent on health education , preventative measures and how much on treatment. Personally, I reckon that a large proportion of national budget ought to be put into preventative measures, but this amount of money cannot be diverted from treatment for some reasons as following.
To begin with, health education and preventative measures are so essential that they require much concern and money. Health education help to raise the awareness among people. Then, they will know how to maintain health as well as protect themselves from serious diseases. Some of which are totally avoidable if we have enough knowledge about it. Otherwise, it will turn out to be too fatal or incurable. Take heart diseases for example. The best cure of these is not always medicine but to control the diet well, say to eat more fruit everyday and cut down on the salt intake. Alas, only ten percent of the world population are clearly aware of this according to statistics. Moreover, preventative measures are vital to contagious diseases, without which there will be life-threatening epidemics on large scale. Unless we take strong steps to prevent them soon, they will no doubt result in mass of victims. To boot, by attaching importance to prevention, we can tremendously reduce the treatment costs due to the fact that many diseases have been impeded timely.
However, treatment also need to be put great emphasis on, let alone a cutback. No matter how excellent and effective our health prevention systems are, thousands of people still catch diseases everyday, and a great deal of money are being spent on hospital care. What is more, some illnesses require modern technology which is really expensive. Thus, a part of budget should cover for improving medical facilities or buying latest technology from developed countries. Especially, treatment is usually more urgent than prevention. Preventative approaches can somehow a little late, but a single minute probably change one’s life. In fact, numerous people have been saved in the nick of time thanks to adequate materials. Thereby, it is wise for government to pour money into treatment equally into prevention, if not more than.
All in all, as the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure”, government should set aside enough money for health education and preventative measures. However, because treatment is of the extreme importance so government had better pay the same attention to it rather than transfer its money to prevention systems.
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