In the Frontline: Sick around the World film they compared the health system of Great Britain’s to America’s healthcare. The film also covered other countries like Japan, Germany, and Taiwan. In Great Britain the healthcare is run by the government and called the National Health Service (NHS) for short. This system covers everybody in the country. The cost of healthcare is free everybody who lives there. Nobody pays insurance premiums or copays. Since there are no medical bills of any kind their country can also claim no medical bankruptcy either. The healthcare is paid from tax revenue so they do end up paying higher taxes. Also their system can claim better healthcare statistics than us with longer life spans and lower infant mortality rates. The healers there are licensed doctors who are really salaried government employees who make good money and live in a higher social status because of their income. Some the techniques Great Britain is known of is their preventative medicine. The government and doctors push preventative medicine on their patients. Doctors even get monetary bonuses when their patients stay healthy. Some doctors interact with their patients as gatekeepers. You have to see a general practitioner before seeing a specialist. Also they are known for having long waiting lists to see the doctor but this is changing and the waiting lists are growing shorter over the years.
The Great Britain healthcare system operates in the professional sector. The doctors there are organized, legally sanctioned health professional that are also the gatekeepers of knowledge and treatments. There in Great Britain, biomedicine is the authoritative form healthcare since it is western society so that is what is used to understand and treat symptoms of the body when ill. Prescription drugs are also another way to look at how doctors treat their patients and are the only ones who can prescribe them as well.