The statement suggests that people who caused their condition themselves should pay for their treatment on their own. The first and the most important step of curing a disease is its prevention. In some cases, especially when it is talked about the situation in developing countries, prevention means health education. However, even though in developed world education system is appropriate and people usually know the risks of their choices, they still put themselves in danger. There are more examples of how people can lead themselves towards a destructive disease then extreme sports, for instance, obesity or type II diabetes. Looking from one point of view it seems logical that governments should not spend a fortune on people who caused their problems themselves - it would be better to spend it on people who are not responsible of their condition.
On the other hand, GMC states that a good doctor's justice should not be influenced by their patient's race, religion on beliefs. Thus, the attitude towards their choices should be the same and every person should have a right to be treated, because it seems unethical that governments could let poor people die due to the fact that their actions are the reason of their illness, since the medical treatment is pricy and not everyone's income is high enough to cover the bills.
Although policy not providing government-paid medical treatment to people suffering from self-caused diseased probably would reduce people's aims to take actions putting their health in danger, this policy would not be ethical at all.
BMAT Section 3
The final part of the BMAT exam — BMAT Section 3 — is the writing task. This section is testing your ability to ‘select, develop and organise ideas, and to communicate them in writing concisely and effectively’.
In other words, writing a short essay!
In essence it is testing your ability to formulate your own argument. You could say it is the reverse of Section 1. You are assessed both for content, and the correct use of English. So good grammar, spelling and punctuation are essential.Get your BMAT essays marked by the experts!
BMAT Section 3: The Writing Task
In BMAT Section 3, you are required to write a short essay. This will cover one side of A4. But it can’t be longer. So timing and technique are crucial.
You will be given a choice of four essays. You have to answer one of these only. And you have 30 minutes in which to do so.
Each essay option is based on a short quote or statement. These can be scientific or medically-related, but often aren’t. They are not technical. Examples might include a quote from Voltaire or Charles Darwin.
You will usually be asked, broadly speaking, to explain the statement, argue against it, weigh arguments for it, and reach a conclusion saying to what extent you agree with it.
Many students will no longer be taking essay based subjects. This can lead to a degree of trepidation. However, we have designed a clear and repeatable strategy for success in this section. Read more about that in our BMAT Section 3 Blog.
You can download and print sample answer sheets from the BMAT website to practice writing essays of the correct length in time.
BMAT Preparation: How can I prepare for Section 3?
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Plan essay questions
One of the best ways to start your preparation for BMAT Section 3 is to look at essay questions from past papers. The questions take the form of a short quote or statement – most are scientific or medical.
An example question is: “A little learning is a dangerous thing.” (Alexander Pope). Explain what this statement means. Argue to the contrary to show that a little learning is not dangerous. To what extent do you think learning can be a dangerous thing?
A good way to practice this is to get used to looking at these statements and explaining them, in one or two sentences, in your own words, explaining the key terms. Next, start planning your answer in bullet points. BMAT Section 3 questions usually ask you to argue against the statement, so start by planning an ‘against’ list with examples, then list some possible positives. The last part of the question will ask to what extent you agree with the statement – here, you could draw in arguments from both the ‘for’ and ‘against’ list, finally reaching a conclusion.
It’s a good idea to practice this method a few times to familiarise yourself with the process of explaining, arguing, and then reaching a conclusion on a statement. This planning is a key element of BMAT Section 3 preparation, and can be practiced quickly in the exam room to give your essay answer a much more coherent structure. The more you practice forming an argument, the easier (and less daunting!) you will find the process.
Ask others to review your essays
BMAT Section 3 is one of the most difficult sections to mark yourself. One of the best ways of getting an idea of your score is to ask a teacher to review it with their suggestions for improvements. Another idea is to send your essays to us – they are then marked by an expert Medicine Tutor and sent back to you.