The UK's State Health Service The UK's State Health Service is called the National Health Service, or NHS. The NHS operates on the principle that healthcare should be equally available to all members of society. The NHS provides UK residents with a wide range of health care services including medical, dental and optical treatment. Many services are provided free of charge, and some are provided for a subsidised fee.
The following NHS treatment is provided free to everyone, regardless of nationality or residence status:
Treatment in an emergency (but not follow-up treatment)
Treatment of certain communicable diseases
Compulsory psychiatric treatment
Entitlement to other NHS services is subject conditions.