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The National Health Service (NHS) is the name commonly used to refer to the three publicly funded healthcare systems in Great Britain, collectively or individually, although only the health service in England uses the name 'National Health Service' without further qualification. The publicly-funded healthcare organisation in Northern Ireland does not use the term 'National Health Service', though is still sometimes referred to as the 'NHS' as well.[1] Each system operates independently, and is politically accountable to the relevant devolved government of Scotland (Scottish Government), Wales (Welsh Assembly Government) and Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland Executive), and to the UK government for England.

There is generally[2] no discrimination when a patient resident in one country of the United Kingdom requires treatment in another. The consequent financial matters and paperwork of such inter-working are dealt with between the organisations involved and there is generally no personal involvement by the patient comparable to that which might occur when a resident of one European Union member country receives treatment in another.

For details of each of the four national health services in the United Kingdom, see:


  1. ^ Hospital warns of 'Third World' NHS BBC News, 30 August 2000
  2. ^ Except in the case of certain abortions in Northern Ireland due to differences in law.

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The National Health Service (NHS) is the common name for the four publicly funded healthcare systems in the United Kingdom. Only the NHS in England is officially called the National Health Service, the others being NHS Scotland, NHS Wales, and Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, called the HSC rather than the NHS.

Each system operates independently, and is politically accountable to the relevant devolved government: the Scottish Executive, Welsh Assembly Government, the Northern Ireland Executive, or the UK government for England.

Despite their separate funding and administration, there is no discrimination when a resident of one constituent nation of the United Kingdom requires treatment in another. The financial and administrative consequences are dealt with by the organisations involved; no personal involvement by the patient is required.


Treatment of Foreign Nationals

Foreign nationals always receive free treatment for emergencies, including all accidents and emergency psychiatric treatment. Foreign nationals also receive free treatment if they have been legally resident in the UK for 12 months, have recently arrived to take up permanent residence, are claiming asylum or have other legal resident status. Citizens of European Economic Area nations, as well as those from Crown Dependencies or UK overseas territories may be treated free of charge, subject to reciprocal arrangements managed by the UK Department of Health.[1]

Foreign nationals may be subject to an interview to establish their nationality and residence status, which must be resolved before non-emergency treatment can commence. Patients who do not qualify for free treatment are asked to pay in advance, or to sign a written undertaking to pay.


See also

  • Department of Health (United Kingdom) which deals with non-devolved and other matters common to all systems and arrangements concerning health matters made with any non-UK health systems and/or governments.

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The National Health Service the publicly funded healthcare system of the United Kingdom, established in 1948 under the Minister of Health, Aneurin Bevan.


  • Although I am not myself a devotee of bigness for bigness sake, I would rather be kept alive in the efficient if cold altruism of a large hospital than expire in a gush of warm sympathy in a small one.
  • Bevan speaking in the House of Commons during the reading of the NHS Bill.


  • I stuffed their mouths with gold.
  • Bevan, referring to allowing consultants to continue private practice alongside their NHS duties.

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The National Health Service is a government run health care organization that provides health and medical services to citizens and residents of the United Kingdom. It was started in 1948 and intended by its creators to be "free at the point of service". This meant that people who use the NHS would not be required to pay for services each time they used them.

The NHS is paid for out of employee contributions from their wages and also from general government money raised in the form of taxes. The promise of a health service that would be free at the point of service was broken almost right away with the start of prescription charges. Prescription charges are a set price that people within England must pay for each item on a prescription form. This charge is currently £7.10 for each item and is raised each year.

The health service is run in different ways depending on which country within the United Kingdom a person lives in. For instance, there are no charges for prescriptions in Scotland or Wales, but there are in England.

The service also provides basic dental services and prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids, prosthetic limbs and other services. There are normally charges at the point of service for these services unless one lives in a no-charge country or is considered a special needs case; such as children (aged up to 18, or up to 21 if you are a student), pregnant women, or the elderly.

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