@MErmaid & I recently confused each other talking at cross purposes because the US medical system is so different to the UK system. So we decided to create this thread to provide a simplified overview of our own health and welfare systems and the terms & acronyms frequently used when we talk about them. If there are errors or omissions let us know, but bear in mind these are simply overviews to help those living within different systems to understand. If you live in another country then please feel free to add an overview of your system. I would suggest putting the country name nice and clearly at the top of the post.