Your health

The Government decides what drugs and medication are available through the National Health Service (NHS). The Government can decide which drugs are too expensive for people to have for free.

The Government can decide how many hospitals there are in England. The Government can decide which hospital you are allowed to use or if you can choose which one you want to go to.

The Government can decide how many doctors, nurses, dentists and other NHS staff there will be in hospitals, health centres and dentist surgeries near you.

The Government can decide how long you should wait to get an appointment at a hospital or with your GP.

The Government decides what free treatment you can get from the National Health Service. These treatments include having an operation, getting medication from your doctor, having physiotherapy or speech and language therapy, and counselling.

The Government decides how much a prescription costs and who has to pay for their prescriptions. The Government can decide that some people on benefits do not have to pay for their prescriptions.

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