See how European Nations run national health services

Belgium, France, Germany and Sweden run publicly funded health services similar in scope to the UK’s NHS – but in very different ways
The 38th Ryder Cup Opening Ceremony, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales, Britain - 30 Sep 2010
European coverage: different countries provide healthcare to their citizens in different fashions. Photograph of fans at the 2010 Ryder Cup: Rex Features

What differs, however, is the way treatment is controlled at the point of care, and how the patient pays and is reimbursed. In some countries, this has profound implications for the unemployed or homeless, although most doctors will treat first and organise the paperwork afterwards.


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