In this lesson, you can learn how to talk about illness, medicine and healthcare in English.

You’ll learn how to deal with a visit to the doctor’s office in English, how to talk about different healthcare systems, how to talk about going to hospital in English, and more. Want more practice with your English speaking? Choose one of our certified English teachers to help you in online speaking lessons:

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1. At the Doctor’s Office 0:48
2. Prescribing Medicine and Giving Advice 3:26
3. How Healthcare Systems Work 6:43
4. In Hospital 10:26
5. Talking About Recovery 13:13

This lesson will help you:
– Understand how you can communicate with a doctor in English if you have to go to the doctor’s office.
– Get useful phrases and vocabulary to talk about medicine in English.
– Learn how healthcare systems work in English-speaking countries like the UK and US.
– See what kinds of English phrases for the hospital you can use to communicate if you have to stay at a hospital in an English-speaking country.
– Talk about recovery after an injury or illness in English with helpful vocabulary.
– See example conversations people might have when talking about illness and medicine in English.

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  • Mohammad kamgar
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Thanks it's very useful

  • Tamara Manjikyan
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Hello. Thanks for lesson.Each district in my country has its polyclinic, which is free for residents.You can visit a doctor, who doesn't specialized in one area, like your GP. If you need further treatment she or he can refer you to another specialist, who works in the same polyclinic or refer you to go to a public hospital if you need more targeted treatment. If you are registered with a polyclinic it's cheaper than you go directly to a hospital. There aren't private health insurance in my country.

  • Антон Искрыч
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    1:08 he says " How do you mean ?" Shouldn't it be "What do you mean?" ? Thanks in advance

  • Somai 555
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    thank you so much

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    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

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  • Kamol Hengkiatisak
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    The present generation is so lucky to get access to quality English for free like this one. When I was studying English in Thailand 50+ years ago, I had to go to British Council's library to borrow or read books in the library and borrow reel tapes to play in the booth: Press Play, Listen, Pause, Speaking, Play again. It was hard, but it worked. I did that 2-3 times a week for two years. The result was not bad, got a scholarship from Australia govt to study there in 1971.

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    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Nice video.Oli is a handsome teacher and one of my favorites. Thank you both for the nice lesson

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  • Jess C.
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    What do you think of my answer? 🙂 I am not a 100% sure if that is true what I am assuming in my answer but I tried answering through my own experiences and I must say writing it down is easier than speaking about it could you maybe recommend me any tips how I can speak without stuttering inbetween?

    Do most people use public healthcare, or is it more usual to buy private health insurance?

    – Most people in Austria use public healthcare, it is also quite common to pay extra for a private health insurance, but it can be a bit expensive and the only advantage having a private insurance is that you won’t have to wait as long as others you are entitled to be treated faster than those who don’t pay extra. Although sometimes it doesn’t matter and doctors are obligated to treat patients judging by how critical medical treatment is needed.

    Is public healthcare high-quality and reliable? Why or why not?

    – Public healthcare is usually very reliable in Austria, it varies from doctor to doctor depending on which one is recommended. I believe, there are lots of clinics that are preferred by a lot people as they made good experiences going there, but there are also many health clinics which have a bad reputation which makes public healthcare seem really frustrating and untrustworthy. So, I would suggest asking family members

    or close friends for better experiences before visiting any clinic.

    Are all residents entitled to free public healthcare, or are there restrictions?

    – All residents who own the Austrian citizenship, who legally occupied, are entitled to free public healthcare. Citizens who don't have an occupation, have to pay for private healthcare insurance, unless they are still co-insured under one legal guardian. Usually that applies to children and young people that are still studying.

  • Kübra Yayla
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Thank you so much to make this video. It completely relates my final exam.

  • Abdullo Hamid
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    1- In my country Tajikistan maeby 90% of residences use public hospitals, but they have to pay for it.
    2- It is depend on the Doctor, on some specialisation the doctors are very good and have good qualification but on thers no.
    3- Not there any restrictions, because all have to pay.

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  • Anh Hà Nhật Trương
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    intresting topic

  • Libertario 127
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    You're the most beautiful English teacher I've had. I hope I have written it good. How do I say pay a visit to the doctor? how do I refer to medical appointments in a professional environment?

  • Karthikeyan R
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Nice oli

  • Shdjsj Hdhdnd
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Stay safe

  • Zna Sve
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    1. GP
    2. Reliable
    3. A&E
    4. Inpatient
    5. One day at the time

  • English Shift
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Thank you so much for this video!

  • Sarah Borang
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    It's American or Bristish???

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    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

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  • Sundari Sunias
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    It's really helpful. Thanks for sharing this video.

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  • Yibo Wen
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    thank you!

  • dan tran
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Thanks !

  • Kim Ponlok
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    I'm not good English after saw your video I will improve

  • Al-Noory kh
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    I like the American accent.
    Thanks for your efforts.

  • Abdou Nabil
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    brilliant!!!!!!this channel have to be 10M subscribers

  • Raymond Chai
    Posted 11 hours ago 10:06 am

    Hi Thank you so much for the video. I like the voice of Stephanie, do you provide coaching ?

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