Healthcare in the UK

Healthcare in the UK is delivered through the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS was set up in 1948 with the aim of providing free medical treatment to all UK residents, regardless of their financial situation. The NHS is now the largest publicly-funded health service in the world and caters to a UK population of over 60 million. The NHS provides care which is free at the point of delivery and covers a wide range of treatments from routine check-ups to transplants and emergency treatment. The NHS is organised differently in each of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.