Healthcare in the United Kingdom

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Healthcare in the United Kingdom

Healthcare in the United Kingdom (pronunciation: /ˈhɛlθkɛər ɪn ðə ˈjuːnaɪtɪd kɪŋdəm/) refers to the publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom, known as the National Health Service (NHS).


The term "healthcare" is a compound of the words "health" and "care", indicating the provision of medical services to maintain or improve health. The "United Kingdom" refers to the sovereign state in northwestern Europe, consisting of England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.

Related Terms

  • National Health Service (NHS): The publicly funded healthcare system in the United Kingdom. It provides healthcare to all UK residents that is free at the point of use and paid for from general taxation.
  • General Practitioner (GP): A medical doctor who treats acute and chronic illnesses and provides preventive care and health education to patients.
  • Primary Care: The day-to-day healthcare given by a health care provider. It is where most people first seek treatment.
  • Secondary Care: Healthcare services provided by medical specialists and other health professionals who generally do not have first contact with patients.
  • Tertiary Care: Specialized consultative healthcare, usually for inpatients and on referral from a primary or secondary health professional.
  • Public Health England (PHE): An executive agency of the Department of Health and Social Care in the United Kingdom that began operating on 1 April 2013 to protect and improve health and wellbeing and reduce health inequalities.

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