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Features of the NHS (UK)
Started in 1948
Universal healthcare for the whole population
People have equal access to healthcare (a certain
standard) regardless of socio-economic status may
not be totally true i.e. Postcode Lottery
Set list of prescription drugs available can pay for
other drugs not on list e.g.…

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NHS used to be split into trusts e.g. Northamptonshire
Trust (make some decisions on funding) trying to
now make GP's more in charge of funding and where it
goes
State supported
Dentists- mainly private practices
Mainly preventative i.e. vaccines for children to reduce
incidence of disease and also screening to…

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Criticisms/disadvantages:
Postcode Lottery where you live can influence the
type of treatment and level of care you get e.g. free
prescriptions in Scotland, better Hospital ratings,
shorter or longer waiting lists, cancer treatment, types
and standards of consultants...
Costly i.e. a lot of tax goes into the NHS and it…

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Future:
Savings increasing efficiency
Reduced workload for doctors
Private companies taking over the running of NHS
hospitals and clinics
Increased Private Healthcare sector

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