General Listening Quiz

“Health Insurance”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy health insurance man – woman 01:01

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the benefits of having health insurance and what kinds of expenses can it cover in some cases?


be on the mend” = recovering from an illness or injury
“Sarah was in a terrible car accident, but she is on the mend.”

nurse (something or someone) back to health” = care for someone or something back to good health
My grandfather has the flu, but we are nursing him back to health.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man is ready for college because he has a smartphone, a credit card, and a ______.

Of course, I am. I have a smartphone, dad’s credit card, and a toothbrush. What more do I need?

Last week, the man had a _________.

Right. Last week, you got a cold, and you couldn’t go to school for three days.

Two weeks ago, the man was sick with _______.

And the week before that, you had a headache.

Right now, he has health insurance through ______.

What are you talking about? Even if I get sick, I’m still on dad’s health insurance, right?

The cost of health insurance is ______ a month.

Well, I think about $180 . . . [ That’s not bad. ] a month. A month? Not a year? [ Nope. ] That’s outrageous. I’m just going to wear a complete body suit so I don’t catch anything.

Post-Listening Exercise

Tell the story in the conversation in your own words. Then, guess what the man will do next and why.

Online Investigation

Some countries have a healthcare system that pays for some or all of people’s medical bills, but this is generally not the case in the United States. As a result, people need private heath insurance to pay for their medical expenses. International students sometimes have to buy health insurance at schools in the US.

Maybe, you want to study at the University of Utah where I work. Use the Internet to find out information about the health insurance at this school HERE. Answer these questions:

  1. How much does health insurance cost a year for a student?
  2. How much does it cost for a spouse or child?
  3. What are the hours of the student health center?