IELTS Topic Vocabulary for Speaking test: Health and Healthcare

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Health and Healthcare

What you will find in this article:

  • Common questions from Part1,2 and 3 of speaking test.
  • Collocations, words and phrases that will help you to talk about health and healthcare.
  • How other people tell stories related to health and its role in our life.
  • Links to useful materials which you can use to read articles, and  listen podcasts about  health and healthcare.
  • Vocabulary from sub-topics and related areas such as: ways to stay healthy, healthy diet and lifestyle, deseases.

Part 1 Sample Questions 

  • In what ways do you try to stay healthy?
  • Is it easy to keep fit where you live?
  • What part of your lifestyle would you most like to make healthier?
  • Are you careful about what you eat?
  • How important is a healthy lifestyle for you?
  • Do you eat much junk food?

Part 2 Sample Question: Cue Card

Describe a time when you were ill. You should say:

  • when this was
  • what your symptoms were
  • how long the illness lasted

and say how it affected your life at the time.

Part 3 Sample Questions 

  • How is healthcare promoted in your country?
  • What is the role of the government in promoting healthcare?
  • What more do you think could be done to promote healthy living in your country?
  • How can individuals take more responsibility for their own health?

Reading: Health Vocabulary Found on QUORA | What is The Best Way To Stay Healthy?

  • physical health
  • mental health
  • 20 mins walk
  • jog every day
  • its tiring in the beginning to jog daily
  • burning calories
  • intense workout


  • to limit your “processed sugar” intake
  • limit your carbs intake
  • healthy diet
  • I have never felt so fit and happy before
  • It really changed my life
  • the key to a good healthy life
  • The best way to stay physically healthy


  • …keep you physically healthy
  • foods that have not been processed
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • staying active
  • hit the gym every day


  • doing some activity or exercise regiment
  • do home exercise
  • losing weight
  • I eat healthy food
  • I exercise regularly
  • this week I have been to the gym 4 times
  • I cycle in more clement weather


  • diet and nutrition hacks
  • Hold yourself accountable
  • Move as much as possible in your everyday life
  • Walk instead of taking the car/bus/subway
  • Take the stairs instead of taking the escalator or elevator


What is The Best Way To Stay Healthy?

Reading: Health Vocabulary Found on QUORA | How Can I Stop Eating Junk Food After 8 PM?

  • substitute healthier foods
  • passive activities
  • active hobbies
  • to move away from junk food over time
  • lower in calories
  • much better for you
  • preserved meats


  • to escape processed carbs
  • …have potential health issues
  • eat something healthier
  • better alternatives
  • nutritionally balanced dinner
  • to break “snaking” habit
  • replace them with foods…


  • healthy habit
  • another thing that can be helpful
  • a way to enjoy life and live healthy
  • home cooked balanced diet
  • drink loads of water


  • eating late at night
  • difficult to digest
  • mentally feel down
  • consuming less food
  • I got addicted to junk food
  • do exercise and drink water

Reading: Health Vocabulary Found on QUORA | What Are Symptoms Of Swine Flu?

  • get sick
  • cough
  • fever
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose


  • body aches
  • headache
  • chills
  • fatigue
  • seasonal flue
  • serious complications

Reading: Health Vocabulary Found on QUORA |Why Does Modern Healthcare Primarily Focus on Treating Disease Instead Of Promoting Health?

  • lose weight
  • exercise
  • stop smoking
  • wear seat belts
  • practice safe sex
  • eat a low fat diet
  • modern health care


  • medical industry
  • nutrition
  • wellness
  • disease prevention
  • drug industry
  • maintaining health
  • preventing disease
  • early diagnosis and treatment

Reading: Health Vocabulary Found on QUORA

  • it is always your job to do what is best for you
  • everything is up to the individual
  • can cure all their ills without help
  • people have smoked for years
  • hospitals have a better knowledge that  people
  • to provide better care for everyone
  • healthcare insurance


  • emergency room
  • poor health
  • each citizen has a personal responsibility for their own health
  • government should help its citizens in this regard
  • educate its citizens to motivate them to care for their own health
  • provide the infrastructure
  • access to proper nutrition


  • access to recreation
  • nobody can do that for you
  • government does have a responsibility to watch out for our health
  • a healthy society
  • to do its best to…
  • framework of support
  • general health


  • lifestyle-related diseases
  • manage symptoms
  • managing the general environment
  • play an important part in someone’s health
  • I see the individuals as being the one in charge with his well-being

Podcast: Health Vocabulary | 

Health, Feeling ill – Phrasal Verbs & Expressions


40. Health / Feeling ill – Phrasal Verbs & Expressions

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Podcast: Health Care Vocabulary | 

Health Care in Australia

  • medical treatment
  • get sick
  • get injured
  • quality health care
  • feel sick


  • to see a doctor
  • medical practice
  • get treatment
  • dentists
  • physiotherapists


  • dieticians
  • special medical staff
  • to visit a doctor
  • prescribe medicines
  • pharmacy


  • my doctor referred me to…
  • to go to hospital
  • emergency cases


Health Care in Australia |

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