The love Britain has for the NHS
About the NHS
Three years after the despondency caused by the second world war, Britain’s National Health Service was founded. Funded by general taxation, it aims to offer universal health care coverage, meet the needs of all in the UK, be free at the point of delivery and is based on clinical needs rather than people’s ability to pay. These fundamental principles are what makes the NHS what it is today, forming a large part of the British identity.
Great things about the NHS
1. Protecting people from heavy financial costs when they are ill
As Medical care in the NHS is free at the point of delivery (except for certain provisions such as dental and eye care). Compared to the US, where treatment for cancer would cost an individual an average of 114,412 GBP, treatment by the NHS would be completely free (or with the relatively small costs of prescriptions). This protects British Citizens from heavy financial worries when they are ill.
2. People are less likely to put off seeking medical help due to costs
Because citizens in Britain are not bound by the high costs of seeking medical help, they willingly book appointments to see the relevant healthcare professionals when they need it. This not only helps the citizens by allowing health problems to be diagnosed early, but also saves the NHS money as preventative action can be taken more quickly compared to higher costs later on if the problem had already progressed. For example, many people in the US are unwilling to call an ambulance when they need it due to its high cost, which could potentially worsen the issue in the time it takes the individual to get to the hospital.
3. Positive Patient experience
A survey conducted by the King’s fund found that among those aged 65 and above,68% were satisfied with the NHS, while among those aged 18-64, 58% were satisfied with the NHS. The top reason people gave for their satisfaction was the quality of NHS care (68%), followed by the fact that the NHS was free at the point of use (60%) and that it had a good range of services (49%)
4. Performs well in maintaining long-term illnesses
The NHS is equipped to manage the long-term illnesses of patients such as diabetes, arthritis and asthma, giving patients the help they need and allowing regular check-ups
5. People do not have to worry about their health insurance policies when they are changing jobs
In other countries, a large factor that people take into account when changing jobs are their health insurance policies. As the NHS covering the cost of healthcare, people can freely change jobs without this restriction.
Britain shows its appreciation towards the NHS amidst Covid-19
In response to the hard work of the NHS amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the public have been showing their affection and gratitude in many different ways. While walking along residential streets, it’s a common sight to see windows adorned with pictures of rainbows, with “We love the NHS” written above the pictures, often in children’s handwriting
At 8pm every Thursday for 9 weeks, citizens opened their windows to clap and bang on pots and pans, with many radio and television services pausing their programs at the time, to show their appreciation for the health workers battling coronavirus on the front lines. These high-spirited sounds of hand clapping and cheering spread joy infectiously throughout many neighbourhoods, not only encouraging healthcare professionals, but allowing the community to feel a sense of unity even through isolation. The hashtags #clapforourcarers and #thankyouNHS have been trending on social media, with users expressing their thanks and gratitude towards the NHS and its healthcare professionals.
Farmers have also been showing their appreciation for the NHS, by using their large fields to write out messages. Matt Alford, an agronomist from North Devon, helped to organise a 360x130m NHS sign to be mown in one of his grower’s fields, which is owned by John and James Govier. Ben Wilson, a farmer in Oxfordshire, who manages the Glympton Estate near Blenheim Palace, showed his appreciation by drawing a huge heart and “NHS”, in his field.
The NHS and its fundamental values, with the many dedicated healthcare professionals that work there, allow it to immensely help many people in Britain. Thank you NHS!
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