How Does the UK Healthcare System Work?
The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) is perhaps the most famous public healthcare system in the world.
While the NHS prides itself on the principle of being “free at the point of use”, overseas students and citizens can only access NHS services if they pay an annual surcharge (£300 for students and any dependents, £400 for anyone else), and some services, such as dental treatment and prescription costs, are payable even for lifelong UK residents.
Although the NHS remains popular and provide a high standard of treatment and care, the use of private healthcare in the UK is also common, with many individuals choosing to take out their own private health and medical insurance, or being able to access private healthcare as part of an employment package.
Citizens with private health and medical insurance cover in the UK can often access treatment and the medical services they need as a matter of urgency, avoiding NHS waiting times, which can stretch into weeks and months for certain services.