Reason 7 of 9: Why Choose the United Kingdom as Your Study Destination!
Reason 7: Free Medical Treatment
We have great news for you! The UK government has announced that Indian students can now access the renowned National Health Service (NHS) without paying any fees, thanks to the exemption from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
Your health and well-being matter to us, and we understand the importance of comprehensive healthcare during your study abroad journey. By properly complying with the health surcharge for the duration of your immigration permission, you can access a range of medical facilities free of charge. From consultations with local doctors to emergency services and necessary hospital treatments, the NHS has got you covered.
The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) is a mandatory fee that is included in the UK visa application process. For student and youth mobility visas, this surcharge adds £300 per year.
When it comes to medical treatment, a local doctor serves as the initial point of contact. Students have the option to register with a Health Centre or GP's Surgery, where they can receive treatment for most illnesses and other health issues from the general practitioner (GP). If a student requires specialized care, the GP will refer them to the appropriate hospital department.
In addition to consultations with doctors, GP's Surgeries and Health Centres offer a variety of community health services. These services encompass vaccinations, women's health clinics, support for parents of young children, family planning, contraception, and sexual health. GP Surgeries and Health Centres typically have operating hours during the daytime and early evening.
Not only does the UK offer world-class education, but it also prioritizes your health and provides hassle-free access to excellent healthcare services. Whether you need routine check-ups or specialized treatments, the NHS ensures your well-being throughout your stay.