One of the UK’s proudest traditions is the NHS, or national health service. Healthcare is free in the UK, and paid for via people’s taxes, and access to healthcare is considered a basic right in the country, and not something to be paid for via insurance or otherwise, but does the system work?
Of course, anything that encourages healthcare being available to all those who need it should be applauded, but is it really ‘free’? The taxes used to pay for it are high with some paying 40% tax on their income in the country, and some are critical of the system. One of the main reasons the UK has chosen to leave the EU is so called ‘healthcare tourism’, people moving to the UK knowing that their citizenship would get them access to this healthcare.
Other benefits of the system include the fact that medical records can be shared among practices, and that even the poorest can access some form of healthcare. Private healthcare still exists as some choose to pay for faster service, as the waiting lists in the UK can be very long. Certain types of dental care are also covered by the NHS, and people can get treated even in an emergency with NHS dentists, which, though not free, charge a smaller, subsidized amount.
There are rumours of changes to Healthcare in UK countries amid the political changes currently going on in the country, but there are few who think that the system is a failure in spite of its few flaws.