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MRIC Global Essay Contest 3rd Prize Winning Essay: Is it possible that we keep the same health care

Author: Haruka Sakamoto

Have you ever thought about how long we should continue with medical intervention? Should we set conditions on whether patients get treatment or not? One of my experiences made me realize that we should think about these questions to keep proper medical service.

“Have you ever heard about Charley Guard*?” This was the first question our teacher asked us at a seminar on euthanasia.

In 2017, I attended a summer school program in the Netherlands on the topic of global health as a Japanese medical student studying medicine in the Czech Republic. Some participants were from European countries, some came from Latin American countries such as Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil, and the others came from Indonesia and Africa.