Jersey Deputy wants to introduce prescription charges

People in Jersey may have to pay for prescriptions if a St Helier deputy's proposal is accepted.

Deputy Geoff Southern wants to charge for prescriptions but make GP visits free for people on income support.

He said charging for the service could provide more health support for less well-off islanders.

Prescriptions have been free in Jersey since 2008 but Deputy Southern has claimed that is damaging the healthcare system.

He said that by getting islanders to pay £3 for a prescription, free visits to the family doctor could be funded for those on low incomes.

Deputy Southern said contributions from residents could also pay for free repeat prescriptions, x-rays and scans at the hospital for those who may not otherwise be able to afford them.

The proposal will be discussed by States members in April.

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