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Monday, 30 January 2012

"Can We Afford To Visit A Jersey Doctor"

GP charge system is ‘open to abuse’


Dr Iona Heath
Dr Iona Heath

JERSEY’S system of charging people to see a GP could be encouraging doctors to make unnecessary patient appointments in order to boost their income, according to one of the industry’s leading professionals.

The ‘pay-per-visit’ method is also putting extra strain on the Accident and Emergency department of the General Hospital and worsening health inequalities as poorer people chose not to see a doctor because of the cost.

Dr Iona Heath, the president of the Royal College of General Practitioners who was in Jersey to address States officials on the future of primary health care, said that the current system was not ideal.

She said: ‘We absolutely know that payment for attendance worsens health inequalities so that poor people have to think before they see their GP, and they do have worse health problems to begin with.
‘It also encourages people to go to the Hospital where it’s free – and hospital care is a high cost to the community – so it’s no wonder your A&E attendances are high.’

6 comments:

  1. £45 for 7 minutes oouch

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  2. jersey doctors have a charter to print money, and a lot o them are crap also.Uk rejects

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  3. there is a price list in my doctors surgery and on the list it states the prices for a general visit and the price for blood tests ect and then at the bottom in bold letters is OUT OF SURGERY HOURS HOME VISIT FROM £85!so the word from meaning they can charge anything upwards of £85!disgusting !

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  4. Do not forget that for every patient seen by a Jersey Doctor as well as their fee, in my case £33, they receive £19 per person, the same amount for every letter they send on you behalf, this money, or subsidy comes from the Social Security Health Insurance Fund.
    I questioned this and was told by the Soc.Sec. that this costs nearly £10million annually, if this was not paid to the Doctors, the cost of a visit to your GP would be well in excess of £50, based on a 10minute consultation, in most cases, usually less. There was a headline in the JEP, telling us that a Doctor earns on average, £6,300 a week. They should be able to scrape by on that. Greedy b******s

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  5. next time i am at my doctors surgery i will take a picture of there price list and maybe ian would publish the picture of it,so the uk people who read this blog can see how much a visit to the doctor here really is

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  6. Advocates and lawyers charge up to £400 an hour, including for preparation time and writing letters. Why shouldn't people expect to pay for medical care? In the interests of balance for people in the UK, there are for the most part no prescription charges. It is expensive to employ staff, provide premises and equipment - >£100b a year is spent on the NHS.

    Perhaps people will then better value the service and think twice before attending for minor ailments that they could manage themselves. I think the NHS should provide a break down of costs to hospital patients on discharge to help them appreciate how much their care costs the NHS - £400 per night for bed, investigations (actual cost of most blood tests is £20-50), drugs, operations and procedures (a modern pacemaker can cost £20k or more).

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