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Canada Specific Healthcare Question 15
'Medical school tuition fees should be covered by tax revenue'. To what extent do you agree with this statement?
There are points supporting this statement. One could say that as medical students will eventually work for the community and provide medical care to taxpayers once they qualify to become doctors, as reparation they should not be required to pay the high cost of tuition fees. This could be particularly necessary as the process to becoming a doctor is lengthy and expensive for medical students, thus it could be argued that it is unjust for students to have to pay and commit such a cost to ultimately helping the community.
Nonetheless, I personally do not agree with this statement. I am aware that it is expensive to obtain a medical degree and requires a high level of commitment from students. However, the want to become a doctor and treat patients should override this. Medical applicants enter the medical pathway of their own accord and are aware of the sacrifices that must be made, thus I feel that to rely on taxpayer money would be injudicious. This would also cost a significant amount of money that could be used to help groups that urgently need it, such as those from deprived communities or the elderly. In addition to this, I feel that a slippery slope could be created. Whilst doctors are imperative to the community, there are other professions that are equally as important, for example nurses and other public servants, therefore it would be unfair to single out only one area of public service. For these reasons, I do not believe that medical school tuition fees should be covered by tax revenue.