• kristenevelyn

NHS 101

What is it?

Launched in 1948, the NHS in England is a "free at the point of use" medical service for all UK residents. Inside the UK, the NHS is a hot topic and often criticised, however coming from the USA, I personally think it is amazing

Who pays for it/How do I pay?

British citizens pay for the NHS through income tax. Residents such as settlement visa holders, pay through income tax but also we pay a hefty NHS surcharge when you apply for your visa.

What does it cover?

It covers everything, including antenatal screening, routine screenings (such as health checks), doctor visits, birth control (the pill, IUD, etc.), treatments for long-term conditions, transplants, emergency treatment and end-of-life care.

It does NOT cover prescriptions (small fee), optical services, and dental services.

How do I use it?

For emergencies you can go to A& E (accident & emergencies), however, it is best to join a General Practice for less urgent matters/check-ups.

How do I register?

You can find a local NHS practice here by entering "GP" in the FIND box and your postcode in the LOCATION box. https://www.nhs.uk/service-search.

You will be given a list of local practices, as well as reviews. Then contact the practice you like, tell them where you live (they may have a restriction on radius), and then the receptionist will advise you on how to sign up to their practice.

For further information, you may visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/