Guernsey has a thriving natural health community that is reflected in its wide range of specialists on the islands. It is worth keeping in mind that in addition to appropriate medications or treatments, pharmacists can also provide helpful advice on minor illnesses and sanitary conditions. I have talked about it with many of the boat`s friends, and now that we are `older`, but we are still happy to go, visiting Guernsey is not an attractive option, as there are no reciprocal health agreements with the UK. People now seem to be using Guernsey as a stopover in Jersey, which has mutual agreements, or in France, where THE EHICC can be used. I know that if we leave the EU, this system will definitely change, but for now it is a better option than Guernsey. While you can easily receive over-the-counter medications, you should consult a doctor before the pharmacist can deliver “prescription” medications. Current prescription drug charges are currently limited to $3.80 per item, and some residents are exempt from fees – health benefits can also reduce costs. The Pediatric Dental Service provides a special dental service for preschool and school-aged children with special needs. The service offers a dental check for children during their 3-year-old developmental check-up and also at the age of 5, 10 and 12 years at school, as well as an oral health promotion program. Insulanians with “unsophisticated” British pensions on health care costs A number of services are available to Guernsey residents, including a number of services for children, people with disabilities and communities to help people of all ages.

The health system is funded in part by the Guernsey Employment and Social Security Committee, with residents contributing to a system of income-related contributions. Those who work in Guernsey and make social security contributions have access to a number of benefits. For example, consultations with a registered physician or nurse are subsidized and those referred by their family physician to a specialist receive free specialized treatment. Social security also provides access to certain medicines and medical devices prescribed for a limited fee. All basic services are provided on a private basis, while some secondary and specialized services are free. Specialized medical services (secondary care) are only accessible by referral by a family doctor. There is no mutual health agreement between Guernsey and the UK, so it is recommended that potential residents consider taking out health insurance. The following services are billed: family doctor visits, A-E visits, ambulance, dentist (whether in the dental office or in A-E) and physiotherapy requested by the family doctor. The UK signed a new agreement with the Isle of Man in September and The Jersey authorities have said they are on the verge of following suit. While health care standards in the Channel Islands are good, expats should be aware that costs can be high. For most newcomers, health insurance is essential, at least initially.

The Ministry of Health and Social Affairs of the States of Guernsey has confirmed that the current mutual health agreement between the Channel Islands and the United Kingdom expires effective 31 March 2009.