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As a foreigner living in Cheltenham, will I have access to public healthcare? What is it like?

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We asked expats in Cheltenham if they have access to public healthcare in Cheltenham. And, if they do have access, what is it like. They wrote...

"Yes, as a foreigner living in Cheltenham, you will have access to public healthcare, provided by the National Health Service (NHS). The NHS is a comprehensive service that is free at the point of use for all UK residents. This means that most healthcare services, including visits to the doctor, hospital treatment and emergency care, are free. However, there may be charges for certain services such as prescriptions, dental care, and eye tests. The quality of healthcare in the UK is generally high, with well-trained medical staff and good facilities. However, the NHS is a large organization and experiences can vary. Waiting times for non-emergency treatment can sometimes be long, and services can be under pressure, particularly in winter. In Cheltenham, there are several NHS hospitals and clinics, including the Cheltenham General Hospital. There are also many GP practices where you can register as a patient. To access NHS healthcare, you will need to register with a GP in your local area. They will be your first point of contact for most health issues. If you need specialist treatment, your GP will refer you to a specialist. It's also worth noting that while the NHS is free at the point of use, it is funded by taxes. So if you are working in the UK, you will be contributing to the cost of the NHS through your taxes. In addition to the NHS, there is also a private healthcare sector in the UK. Some people choose to take out private health insurance to cover the cost of private treatment, but this is not necessary to access healthcare," remarked another expat in Cheltenham, England.

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