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NHS overview

The NHS is the world’s largest publicly funded health service, and remains mostly free to the 60 million plus people who live in the UK. The NHS in England is about to undergo the biggest changes to the way it is run since it was formed in 1948.

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What does the NHS England 5-year plan mean for you?

NHS England is setting out plans for the next 5 years, covering funding challenges, improving health and coping with an ageing population. What will the changes mean for you? Read our FAQs.

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What the NHS does

The NHS is the world’s largest publicly funded health service. The founding principle in 1948 was 'free at the point of delivery'. That's still true today in most cases. You don't get charged for visiting an NHS GP, but many people do pay to see a dentist or optician, unless you are exempt.

The NHS is there for all 63.2 million of us in the UK - from flu jabs to IVF treatment and heart transplants to cancer treatment.

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