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Key Information

Private and public healthcare in Jersey is of high quality however Jersey isn't part of the NHS so we have different rules to the UK and other countries. This page provides useful information on healthcare in Jersey. This information is also available to download in our fact sheet Healthcare in Jersey. For more information about moving to Jersey please get in touch with a member of the team on +44(0)1534 440604 or email locatejersey@gov.je.

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Treatment in the Emergency Department of the Hospital is free, but when you first move to Jersey you will have to pay for most healthcare provisions for the first 6 months (unless you have a Licensed permission), this includes:

  • visits to the doctor or GP
  • non-emergency treatment at the hospital (unless you are ordinarily resident and Licenced)
  • other care, treatment and related costs including travel costs

You should be aware that there is a charge for GP visits even when you are ordinarily resident on the Island, but the majority of prescriptions are free. Our dental service is also privately provided, and offers a full range of general and aesthetic dental care.

 

Social Security Health Card

If you are new to the Island it is important to register with the Social Security Department as soon as you arrive.

Once you have been on the Island for six months, and have paid any due Social Security contributions, you can request a Social Security Health Card. You won't be able to claim your card immediately, however the first six months will be counted from when you first register. You will need a health card to get a subsidy when you visit your GP, and to get free prescriptions.

Please note; French nationals are eligible for a health card straight away due to an existing agreement between Jersey and France.

Children do not require their own health card. If you have a baby, take their birth certificate to the Social Security Department to recieve a Social Security number and a Doctor's Registration form. You will require these to take your child to a GP and to pick up prescriptions on their behalf.

 

Hospital-based Treatment

Emergency and non-emergency treatment at the Jersey General Hospital is free when you are ordinarily resident on the Island or hold a Licenced Permission, however some non-emergency services may incur a charge (eg. X-rays).

The hospital provides a full range of services, with reciprocal health agreements covering specific treatments that require care at specialist UK units. The Island has extensive private healthcare and good relationships with the main medical insurance companies.

 

What about my family? 

All immediate members of your family that relocate with you will require their own health card. If you are ordinarily resident and Licenced, your eligibility for free hospital-based treatment is extended to your ordinarily resident spouse/ registered civil partner, providing that they:

  • ordinarily live with you AND;
  • are to remain living in Jersey (evidence of intent to remain resident in Jersey is required) AND;
  • do not ordinarily live elsewhere.

Also, if you are ordinarily resident and Licenced, your eligibility for free hospital-based treatment is extended to your ordinarily resident dependent child/children providing they are:

  • under the age of 18, or under 21 but still in full-time education
  • ordinarily live with you AND;
  • are to remain living in Jersey (evidence of intent to remain resident in Jersey is required) AND;
  • do not ordinarily live elsewhere.

 

Visiting a GP 

GP (General Practioner) surgeries are private businesses in Jersey, so you will be charged to use them, fees can vary slightly between surgeries. Additional charges may be added to your bill for services such as blood tests and injections.

If you need to visit the GP in the first six months after you arrive in Jersey, you will have to pay the full cost. After this point, once you have been on the Island for six months and paid any Social Security contributions that are due, you can apply for a Social Security Health Card. By showing this card to your GP's surgery, you will be given a £20 discount.

Please note; French nationals are eligible for a health card straight away due to an existing agreement between Jersey and France.

 

Prescriptions

If you have not been in Jersey long enough to have a health card (six months), you will have to pay the full cost of any prescription from your GP. If you have a Social Security Health Card, prescriptions are free. Whilst the majority of GP prescription are free, there are some exceptions. A list of items that are free on prescription can be obtained from the Social Security Department or by following the links below and then selecting Doctors (GPs) fees, prescriptions and health cards.

 

Private Health Care

The General Hospital provides a wide range of procedures and treatments that you can access as a private patient. Simply visit your GP and they will refer you to a hospital consultant.

If you have private medical insurance, you should check with your insurance company that your policy covers Jersey (Channel Islands). Alternatively, you can choose to pay for your treatment.

The private patient unit has ensuite rooms with TV featuring 200+ channels, free WiFi, daily consultant visits, flexible visiting hours, a dedicated nursing team and private chefs.

As a private patient, it is essential that you are aware of all charges relating to your care. For details of hospital charges, please contact the Private Patient Finance Office on: +44(0)1534 444495

For further information about the private patient service in Jersey and a list of consultants, please follow the links at the bottom of this page, and click on 'Hospital Wards & Departments'.

 

Dental Treatment in Jersey

General dental treatment for adults in Jersey is provided privately so you will have to pay to see the dentist.

Surgical dental treatment following a referral is carried out at the General Hospital as per 'hospital-based treatment' (see above).

The Dental services at the General Hospital also include:

  • Community Dental service, dental care for children up to the end of primary school;
  • Orthodontics treatment, for children and young adults in full time education (subject to certain criteria);
  • Special care dentistry; and
  • Oral surgery.

The Jersey Dental Fitness Scheme helps toward the cost of routine dental treatment for young people between the ages of 11 and 21 and in full time education, subject to criteria. For more information on the dental scheme follow the links at the bottom of this page.

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

For more information on healthcare in Jersey and for a list of GP and dental surgeries, download our guide Healthcare in Jersey.  Additionally a full list of surgeries can be found in the Jersey Online Directory. You can also find out more detailed information on Moving to Jersey on our Key Information pages.

 

Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a member of the Locate Jersey team about healthcare in Jersey, please email locatejersey@gov.je or call +44(0)1534 440604.

“All the authorities I have dealt with on the Island – from the tax office, to social security; from the health department to the Back To Work initiative, have been extremely accommodating, efficient and supportive of both my business and of me on a personal level.”

Jake Shaw - Euraco Group


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