NHS: National Health Service

The National Health Service (NHS) is the publicly funded healthcare system that provides medical care to residents in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

The NHS is one of the few publicly funded healthcare systems in the world, and is the largest provider of medical care in the UK. Founded in 1948, the NHS was established to operate around three core principles: that it meets the needs of everyone, that it is based on clinical need and not ability to pay, and so, it should be free at the point of delivery. 

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