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Ban on smoking

Posted by shashi on March 11, 2006

In UK, a historic ban took place and that is total ban on smoking in enclosed places such as restaurant, clubs and pubs. No smoking in London pubs? That’s hard to imagine but it’s true. Hereto after there will be no smoking in enclosed public places. One of the reasons for the ban is to protect the health of people who work in pubs and clubs because where they work they have to breath in the other people’s smoke in air: the second hand smoke, it is called as passive smoking. Another reason for the ban is to encourage smokers to give up. Medical authorities say that this ban will save lives very soon, in a short term.

All over Britain the news about smoking ban was a big topic of conversations in pubs and clubs. People’s reactions on smoking ban are more encouraging. Some of them who are regulars at pub say that even though there is smoking ban they won’t stop going to pubs. Most of the people including the smokers agree with the ban. The ban is good for people who don’t smoke and who wants to come out and have a social evening in the pubs. When you go to pub, you are a non-smoker but the person on the next table is smoking. All it is second hand smoke and that’s why most of the people agree that there should be ban. Smokers are also not against the ban as it might encourage them to stop smoking.

  

What do you think? Do you for or against the smoking?

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China’s Health care system

Posted by shashi on March 7, 2006

Recently I listened to a BBC programme, which highlights on china’s health care system. China is the biggest country having more than1.3 billions population. Chairman Mao’s “barefoot doctors” were once the pride of People’s Republic of China. Within a generation, they helped eliminate diseases like smallpox and polio, life expectancy doubled and mortality rate decreased by 80%. But today’s picture is different. Today hundreds of millions of Chinese are unable to offer medical treatment and those that do seek are often overcharged by corrupt medical staff.

BBC interviewed one family who suffered a lot due to inefficient health care system. Mrs. Lee has undergone a surgery one month ago but still her family doesn’t know the reason for her operation’s failure. They have spent over eighteen thousand dollars to hospital but they don’t know where this money has gone. They want to discuss it with doctors but hospital authorities are avoiding them since last month. And unfortunately, Mrs.Lee is a former doctor who has dedicated her life to her patients.

In the 1980’s, the central govt. began to reduce spending on healthcare as a part of china’s economic reform programme. That meant people had to spend more for themselves. In 1980, they paid 20% of health care coast but now this figure close to 60%. WHO reports that, in china, government funding goes more and more to urban areas and there is less or none funding for countryside people. Its investigations place china a 187, out of 191 countries when it comes a quality of medical treatment. In fact, the poor you are in china the less help likely you get.    As a result of decreased funding from govt., hospitals have to raise funds on themselves and this fact leads to some unethical problems such as unnecessary surgeries and overwhelmed prescriptions as doctors get commission on every prescription. Public hospitals are struggling to survive by relying on charging or over charging patients, yet they face ever more competition from new private clinics which are creaming off the wealthiest people. This is all because of china’s health reform but govt. body refuses this. According to health minister, china has successfully implemented basic health care at root level and Govt. has plans to give health insurance to every people up to the end of 2010.  I think every nation who has such huge population is facing the same problem. It is impossible to implement policies without corruption. Now I have decided to study health care system from some other nations and that will reinforce my knowledge I think every nation who has such huge population is facing the same problem. It is impossible to implement policies without corruption. Now I have decided to study health care system from some other nations and that will my knowledge

 I think every nation who has such huge population is facing the same problem. It is impossible to implement policies without corruption. Now I have decided to study health care system from some other nations and that will my knowledge 

 

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