Healthcare in the United Kingdom

Understanding the healthcare system in the United Kingdom...

The National Health Service (NHS) was founded in 1948. It provides free healthcare for all legal UK residents regardless of age, occupation or the ability to pay. The NHS is funded by the taxpayer and managed by the Department of Health. For information on the NHS in a number of languages including French, Arabic and Spanish, see the NHS website. Anyone who is legally resident in the UK is eligible for free medical treatment in a hospital or at a registered doctor's surgery. Entitlement depends on the length and purpose of residency in the UK, and not on nationality. EU and non-EU nationals are treated in the same way, provided they are legally resident in the UK and pay their tax and national insurance contributions there. If one person in the family is entitled to free NHS treatment, then the spouse, civil partner and dependent children under 16 (or under 19 if that child is still in full-time education) may also receive free treatment, but only if they live permanently with the beneficiary in the UK. Not all services are free. For example, some dental treatment and prescriptions are charged.
For information on the NHS in a number of languages including French, Arabic and Spanish, see the NHS website.