The government is responsible for providing and managing services to public. Defense capability, urban infrastructure, health, education, and social security are all essential aspects for the people. However, it is argued that not all fields should be provided by the government only. Rather, private sectors or individuals in the community have to provide the services, particularly in education, social security, and health. This argument is not fully true due to several reasons.
First, certain type services can be provided either by government or private sectors. Government should provide basic level of education for public in order to be easily accessed. On the other side, private sectors can provide education services for those who can’t afford to pay it. Second, the essential aspect, such as defense capability and social security should be provided by the government only. They can’t be managed by the private sectors because it must be free from profit motive or private enterprises.
On the other hand, urban infrastructure can be provided by both. Government and private sectors can share responsibility on certain case. For example, government builds and maintains the roads system, but toll roads are built and maintained by the private sectors. Similar to the toll road, water and electricity can be also operated by the private company.
To sum up, there are some services that should be provided and maintained by the government only because of its essentiality. Social security and defense capability are the examples. Meanwhile, education and health can be provided by either government or the private sectors. Finally, urban infrastructure can be provided by both. Therefore, the argument saying that certain services should be provided by the government’s role, while other services should be operated by others is not true.