The National Health Service (NHS) provides healthcare for all Scotland citizens, not just dependent older people. The care you can get is based on your needs, not on what you can pay.
In addition people in Scotland can get private health treatment for any medical condition, providing you can pay for it. This could include treatment in a private hospital, by a medical specialist or GP. It could also include dental treatment, counselling and psychotherapy, physiotherapy, or treatment for drug or alcohol abuse.
Read on and follow the links to find out more about what is available for each option.
National Health Service (NHS)
The Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland has up-to-date information on the NHS.
This information includes:
- What health care can I get on the NHS?
- NHS patients’ rights
- NHS complaints
- Easy-to-read guide about your health
Most NHS treatment is free but there are a number of things for which there may be charges. The Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland has up-to-date information on what services you might be charged for and whether you might be eligible for help with these costs. You can also learn whether you need to pay for healthcare if you come from abroad.
Carers of any age are entitled to free flu jabs
To make a complaint about a doctor, retrieve an existing complaint or learn more about the complaint process go to the General Medical Council website.
Private health insurance
The Citizens Advice Bureau in Scotland has up-to-date information on private health insurance.
This includes information on:
- Private healthcare
- Should you go private – healthcare
- Buying private health insurance
- Paying for private healthcare
- Complaining about private healthcare
- Complaining about negligence or misconduct in private health
- UK private healthcare associations
- Alternative medicine organisations