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National Health Service. Launched in 1948, the NHS has grown to become the largest publicly funded healthcare system in the world. It is run by the UK Department of Health and politically accountable to central Government. The NHS provides free care to all eligible individuals living in any of the four countries (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales). The NHS (which includes Health and Social Care in Northern Ireland, NHS [England], NHS Scotland, and NHS Wales) is the fourth largest employer in the world (after the Chinese Army, Wal-Mart and the Indian Railways).


Abbreviation for:
NHS (Scotland)
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National Health Service

British medicine The 50+-yr-old UK government agency that controls the British form of socialized medicine. See Fund holding, Total purchasing.
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But in a sign that the new directive could still face problems, the British national health service has said it would not fund any care abroad that would not be provided in Britain.
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* Evidence summary The British National Health Service Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme published a systematic review on optimal brain imaging strategies for the diagnosis of stroke in July 2004.
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With the current level of investment in the British National Health Service it is astounding that there is such a shortage of good books on hospital buildings where best practice with regard to both design and models of care are explained through a series of well researched and illustrated case studies.
The book has a global/comparative focus and investigates many policy issues of emerging importance: chapter four addresses the British National Health Service (NHS); chapters two and five focus on pharmaceutical policy and politics; and chapter eight considers the problem of environmental contamination.
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