National Health Service
- noun a scheme for free medical and hospital service for everyone, paid for by the National Insurance
- The common name given to the health care systems of the four countries in the United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland). Although broadly similar, there are variations in the administrative and managerial arrangements between them and in their funding levels. There are also NHSs in Italy, Spain and several other countries.
Information & Library Science
- noun a system of public healthcare which operates in the UK.
- noun a government service in the UK which provides medical services free of charge at the point of delivery, or at reduced cost, to the whole population. The service is paid for out of tax revenue.
- noun a British organisation which provides medical services free of charge or at a low cost, to the whole population.