National Health Service Information

The National Health Service (NHS) was set up in 1948 to provide every UK citizen with free health care and employs more people than any other employer in the UK. Although their service has benefited millions of people (see the facts below); private medical insurance can often be a better solution for those who can afford to pay that little bit extra.

Private medical insurance (PMI) comes with many benefits that the NHS doesn't come with. This includes, jumping NHS queues for treatment, getting a guaranteed appointment with a top consultant as part of your cover and even getting your own private more comfortable room. It is also important to remember that if you do invest in PMI your are still entitled to NHS services!

Why not click the above button and see what health care insurance we can get for you. In the mean time check out our interesting NHS facts!

NHS Facts*

  • Both men and women live an average of 10 years longer than they did before the creation of the NHS in 1948.
  • The NHS Ambulance Service received 6.3 million emergency calls in 2005/06, which is roughly 360 an hour.
  • NHS Direct receives around 20 calls a minute. More than a million people called NHS Direct over the 2007 Christmas period.
  • In 2005/06 the NHS helped to deliver around 16,000 babies at home. This is enough children to fill the Royal Albert Hall three times over.
  • Each month, 23 million people (more than three times the population of London) visit their GP surgery or practice nurse.
  • In a typical week, 1.4 million people will receive help in their home from the NHS.

*Facts were taken on the 05/03/2010

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