Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Hi i'm Joel and I'm Lia and today we're gonna be talking about the British health care system, the NHS. So as you may or may not know England has one of the best health care systems in the world and it's something that we get asked a lot about because it's quite interesting it's not the same as it is in other countries and just in case any of you don't know NHS stands for national health service so if we're saying NHS it just means our healthcare system in the UK in England in England they do have similar health services in Wales Scotland and Ireland I think they do differ slightly so we're just gonna say this is what happens in England because we know that this does happen in England yes the only one amazing thing that did happen to me in Scotland was that I had tonsillitis so I went to the NHS obviously I was seen very - I think within an hour I was seen and I was given a prescription and I was given antibiotics containing penicillin which usually would cost around seven eight pounds... for free so Scotland had free prescriptions yeah so that's just one little tip fact yeah. -Well that's the first main thing about the NHS here is that any prescription one prescription will cost you seven pound eighty-five I think it is so no matter how much that medicine costs that medicine will cost probably hundreds of pounds but it's subsidised by the NHS so we just pay seven pound eighty-five per prescription exactly and it does not cost at all to go and see a doctor it's completely free I say free we all pay our tax here and part of our taxes go towards funding the NHS and still it is a system that hasn't got enough funding behind it although we've only had positive experiences with the NHS there are some people in the UK in England that have not had so many positive experiences and you'll still find people out there that are slating the NHS when the people inside the people that are working so hard the doctors and nurses do an incredible job they are the unsung heroes definitely there's not enough people working for the NHS so I know that there are things like courses that are subsidised and so for example university will cost £9000 a year but if you want to train to become a nurse there's no cost at all because they want to encourage people to come and study and work for the NHS but yeah even using hospitals is free so if you have a last minute emergency and you need to call the emergency services and you need a big treatment going to the NHS for that is completely free. I think my brother when he got seriously ill he went to intensive care for like three months and then was in rehab for like three months that ultimately would have cost our my family millions if we're in the U.S. like my parents would have had to sell the house because it would cost something ridiculous like a hundred thousand pounds per week or something to keep my brother... no way! On all the machines, to pay for all of the fees and all the medication so it's just so foreign to us to think of a healthcare system where you would have to pay for it like you you've said I think about in American films and things you see families that can't afford to pay the bills for health care but that's just not a thing in the UK so it just seems really really odd that that's a thing to us obviously it's not odd but it's just not something we can relate to and similarly I think another thing that seems odd to me like when I'm watching an American film is the idea of say for instance we're in a scene and I'm like you lost your job you're fired with that you lose your health care in America there's no health care, yeah because losing their job they lose their healthcare benefits but in in the UK in England specifically you can't just fire someone remove all of their health care privileges you have to like give someone a reason give them a certain amount of time, like a notice period and like I just think that that makes us probably different as people because like we're not so much on edge yeah maybe we're more on edge, maybe that's a big statement like you know just the idea of like absolutely nothing is certain ever you could go into work today and you could lose your job and you could not have a job tomorrow I think that's the scary thing cuz my parents have a house in Florida in the US and there's been talk of being like "oh maybe we'll move here one day" but my parents, the main thing holding them back is the fact that if they did move there they wouldn't have any health care they would have to pay for their own health care yeah they wouldn't move out there and get a job and health care included in a job because they'd be retired by then, so yeah it's just that's the main thing I think that puts people off moving to not just America but other countries that don't have national health care systems is the fact that health care can cost so much money yeah and we don't realise how lucky we are no I mean I don't have any idea how much it would have cost ... don't if anyone's been following us this long but back when I had my throat surgery in 2012 I had vocal nodules on both sides of my vocal cords and I was on a wait list for about six months with the NHS so I had my initial appointments and I said oh this is the problem they put cameras down my throat they were like yeah you've got this problem we can do an operation and fix that you can go private you can be seen immediately if you pay £12,000 pounds something like that or you can be on our waitlist and we'll get round to you when we can it wasn't a tragic problem it was not life-threatening it was just something that was affecting my vocal quality, my ability to sing and just my ability to talk without feeling exhausted yeah I had sort of like vocal therapy a couple of times after the operation and that was all included for no money all just money that we as taxpayers all put into this big pot yeah and everybody is looked after. Yeah I think that's what some British people resent is having to pay extra taxes for the NHS we don't know we're going to research and do a video on UK tax but I do think that we pay slightly more tax than people do in America for example but I would have thought it more than pays for itself when you think that we don't have to pay anything except £7.85 per item that we get from the chemist yes and the way the prescriptions work is that every time you need to get your prescription again, so for instance say you're given a prescription of special tablets for migraines sometimes I get migraines so I have a prescription from the doctor and every time I go to collect 30 migraine tablets I pay £7.85 once they run out I get my prescription renewed I go to the chemist and I say here's my prescription I pay £7.85 again yeah and that's it and that is kind of capped it's been £7.85 for a while I think yeah it's been around the £7 mark yeah exactly but if you are under 16 or if you're over 60 then your prescriptions are free I think as well if you are unemployed then they're free and there are certain other things as well yeah if you're in full-time education and you're sort of and 18 as well, there's all sorts of things if you're receiving Jobseeker's Allowance or if you're receiving any benefits from the government because you're not able to support yourself completely on your own then you're also able to get free prescriptions yeah so there are... well I think the NHS is amazing yeah it's great it's actually the biggest employer in the UK and it's apparently I think it's the fifth largest in the world which is incredible it's a massive machine and I think it's really great I just realise that I take it for granted all the time yeah like right now I need to get - I do need to go to the doctors for something and all it's just a case of me getting on the phone and just making sure I can get an appointment I'll probably be seen within a week yeah in London it's harder you know sometimes you have to wait a bit longer for an appointment but you'll get seen yeah and if you really need to be seen immediately you can go to A&E which is like accident and emergency and you can just sit in line and get seen, or if it's not quite an emergency you can go to a walk-in clinic which there may be like an hour wait or something depending how many people are there but you can just walk up and see a doctor that day yeah even if it's not quite an emergency another great thing that I will try and link down below if I remember is an article from an American that's moved to the UK and I remember he was comparing the health care systems yeah and was saying like the pros and cons of both of course there are cons to the NHS but overwhelmingly he said he would choose a National Health Service over the private healthcare just because of the the worry of being able to make those payments and paying for health insurance it's just not worth you know the angst that it causes I can just about afford my phone bill let alone a health care bill and and that's the other thing isn't it that people just say your health is the most important thing yeah so how could you live with the fear of potentially having like a £30,000 bill or more to keep yourself alive, to keep a family member alive it's just so stressful yeah and not just that like obviously if you've got insurance you probably wouldn't have to pay that much but the fact of then having to pay insurance every single month just in case something goes wrong the insurance companies are making a killing yeah they definitely are that's probably why they're not going to change anything in the U.S. is because these massive companies are making so much money from it yeah yeah but it was established in the 40s so we've had it all our lives our parents have had it all their lives yeah so um yeah it's just something that you don't tend to think about every day yeah like right now my dad needs to have keyhole surgery in his knee and there are two options he can stay on the wait list that he's on with the NHS and they offer you an appointment and if you can't make it then that sucks for you you've got to wait for the next one or you can just pay to be seen privately and go and get seen you have the option of both you always have the option and the NHS don't have anything against anyone working privately in fact a lot of NHS doctors also work in private clinics just to double up their salary a bit more because they don't get paid a very good amount from the NHS it's not a great salary so they have to pick up these extra shifts privately also that's a nice fact as well that if you work for the NHS you get discounts across the country loads of restaurants, shops, experiences give NHS employees discounts yeah so lots of my friends when we're going out for meals say like oh do you do NHS discount? and some don't but lots of them do yeah and I think it's a nice way to reward people who do work for the NHS who don't earn a huge amount of money by giving them discounts and just showing your respect to them that do that yeah that's really sweet but I hope that was informative for you guys I'm sure we've missed out certain things and if you'd like to see more on that then let us know and I'm sure we can do another video on it we just thought it might be helpful for you guys because similar to when we spoke about the education system in the UK a lot of you were like oh great yeah I didn't know that or you were actually able to add stuff because you've got extra knowledge that we didn't know we just thought that this video would also be helpful for anyone who's interested yeah definitely a bit of a fun fact I love learning about other cultures and things like that. yeah let us know what the health care systems are like where you are we'd be interested to hear yeah and we will see you on the next video, see you soon, bye!