What is Britain’s National Health Service?
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved Monday to an intensive care unit in a London hospital after suffering worsening coronavirus symptoms.Johnson had been quarantined at his home since being diagnosed with COVID-19 late last month. The United Kingdom has 52,276 known COVID-19 cases, including 5,373 deaths.Like many Britons, his health care is being provided by the National Health Service, a comprehensive government-run health provider. The agency is one of the most sacrosanct facets of British life and can be a touchy subject among politicians.Here is a brief breakdown of the NHS.What is the National Health Service?The NHS was established after World War II with the premise that health care should be made available to the masses no matter if they can afford to pay or not. It is made up of four separate systems that serve each of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom — England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.Each operates independently. In total, the four agencies employ around 1.7 million people, the BBC reported, making it one of the Top 10 largest employers in the world. In 2017, the NHS spent more than $170 billion across Britain.Services offeredBritain’s health system provides a variety of services ranging from primary and urgent care to