Some people think that good health is very important to every person, so medical services should not be run by profit-making companies. Do the disadvantages of private health care outweigh the advantages?
As an increasing number of people are aware of the importance of good health, the conflict between the ever-growing demand for high quality medical service and the insufficient public medical facilities has been worsened and this issue has been receiving much more attention than ever before. Most of us may thereby form an unrealistic picture about private health care which has been advocated as the best solution so far. However, I firmly believe the disadvantages of private health care outweigh its advantages.
Admittedly, private hospitals have their own advantages. On the one hand, their appearance may greatly reduce the heavy burden on public hospitals. On the other hand, their existence will create a sense of competition with public hospitals and provide patients with more choices.
However, most private health care centers are profit-oriented and indifferent to others' sufferings. It is universally agreed that the prime goal of a hospital is to save lives and cure those in need. However, most owners of private health care centers, just like shop-owners, just aim at making as much money as possible and this runs against the basic principles of hospitals. Newspapers have reported repeatedly cases of some private hospitals refusing to save the lives of poverty-stricken patients, manifesting that some private health care centers are indeed problematic in nature.
Furthermore, contrary to what the general public believe, a large number of private health care centers are not qualified enough to practice medical service. In some private hospitals, though the cost of treatment is higher than that in most public hospitals, patients often cannot receive the service promised in advertisements. What is more terrifying is that some so-called doctors in those hospitals have no work experience at all and even their diplomas are fake ones.
Last but not the least, the government's administration and supervision over private hospitals are often inadequate. Once obtaining the license, some private hospitals would do anything only if it is profitable.Aggravated by inadequate and inefficient inspections and evaluations from the government, many severe consequences have resulted in from time to time.
To sum up, though nowadays private health care centers are playing an indispensable role, they are not without their inborn shortcomings. Before those problems mentioned above can be solved, it is still too early talking about transferring most of the medical service to profit-making hospitals.