Healthcare in the United Kingdom falls into two categories. Either private or public healthcare. Public healthcare is the NHS which was first formed in 1948, it provides free services to people residing in the United Kingdom. There has been much debate over this service with regards to how long people have to wait to be seen and the strain on doctors and nurses.
The National Health Service also has targets to reach which many people find unreasonable as it often results in some patients having their appointments cancelled for treatments and operations. Also some patients, for example cancer patients, being refused treatment due to where about in the country they live and which primary care trust they fall under. There are of course also positive points no other country has a free system parallel to the NHS and everybody regardless of their financial situation can get access to free Healthcare. This is not the case for other countries where people simply cannot afford any care and therefore put their health and lives at risk.
Private Healthcare seems to have many positive aspects, no waiting lists, appointments regardless of your lifestyle and care which caters for you as a patient. There are more people opting to go Private. In a world where everything is easier and better to control ourselves, going Private means people are in charge of what choices are made with regards to the health or themselves and their families. It is now just as easy to get a quote for your health as it is for car or home insurance as companies compete as health insurance becomes more popular. Both public and private health uses the same hospitals and in many cases, the same doctors so the choice is ultimately what fits into people’s lifestyles and financial budgets.