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Doctor, make me feel good!

​Questions for discussion:

  1. Are you interested in the way our body works?
  2. Have you ever wanted to become a doctor or a nurse?
  3. Why do some people choose the profession of a nurse, not a doctor?
  4. What do you think is the hardest thing in working as a doctor? As a nurse?
  5. What is a good and a bad doctor? How do you find out that a doctor is good?
  6. Describe the best and the worst doctors you have ever met.
  7. Were you afraid of doctors (especially dentists) when you were a child?
  8. Do you like medical serials? Which is your favourite one? Why?
  9. Do you remember episodes in medical serials about doctors who broke the rules to save a patient’s life? Did you take the doctor’s side? Do doctors break the rules because the healthcare system is sometimes ineffective?
  10. What are the main problems of our healthcare system? What are the most important reforms we need to make in healthcare?
  11. How is our healthcare system different from the one in Europe and the USA?
  12. Do you think that soon in Russia there’ll be fee-paying medical insurance? Is it better than commercial services that have been recently brought into being at our polyclinics?
  13. Do you apply to private clinics instead of polyclinics? Why?
  14. Why is it so hard for people in great pain to get pain-relieving medications?
  15. In Russia, unlike in the US, even seriously ill people don't have a right to sign a do-not-resuscitate order. Why is it so?
  16. Should euthanasia be available to people in great pain who want to die?
  17. Have you ever been a blood donor?
  18. Do you know people who regularly donate blood?
  19. Do you know that Jehovah’s Witnesses consider blood transfusion to be a sin, and sometimes this has led to death of cult members? Why do they have such a strange rule?
  20. People are living longer and longer thanks to medicine. How long would you like to live? How about forever?

Vocabulary

to break the rules - нарушать правила
healthcare system - система здравоохранения
fee-paying medical insurance - платная медицинская страховка
commercial services - платные услуги
to bring into being - вводить
pain-relieving medications - обезболивающие препараты
do-not-resuscitate order - отказ от реанимации
blood donor - донор крови
Jehovah’s Witnesses - Свидетели Иеговы
blood transfusion - переливание крови
sin - грех

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