Jersey Deputy wants to introduce prescription charges
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.