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UK and Jersey health agreement

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Jersey and the UK have a reciprocal health agreement which means that if you live in Jersey and fall ill while visiting the UK, or vice versa, you will receive some healthcare for free.

Jersey and the UK have separate health services. If you live in Jersey you are not entitled to free care under the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and, if you live in the UK, you are not entitled to free care from Jersey’s Health and Social Services Department (HSSD).

There is a reciprocal health agreement in place, however, which means if you are a UK resident and you fall ill while visiting Jersey you will receive free urgent healthcare, and if you are a Jersey resident who falls ill in while visiting the UK, you will also receive free urgent healthcare.

Under the terms of the reciprocal health agreement you must have been in Jersey or the UK for less than 3 months and you must be there as a visitor, not to work or live.

The agreement does not cover all costs. For example, you would need to pay to be repatriated home if you were unable to travel independently on a standard flight or ferry. Travel insurance is therefore strongly recommended.

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Visitors from Jersey to the UK

If I have to go to accident and emergency whilst visiting the UK, will I have to pay?

No. If you become unwell whilst in the UK or if you have a condition which becomes a lot worse while you are there, you will be provided hospital treatment for free. 

Will all treatment and care be free?

Urgent hospital treatment will be free, but like UK residents you will need to pay for prescriptions.

If you are not well enough to travel back to Jersey on a standard plane or ferry, and the hospital needs to make special arrangements, you will have to pay for this.
 

Can I pre-arrange to have an operation undertaken free of charge whilst I am visiting the UK? For example, when staying with family or friends who can look after me?

You can only have a non-urgent operation free of charge in the UK if you have been referred by a Consultant from Jersey General Hospital. You cannot arrange your own treatment.

Does the reciprocal health agreement between Jersey and the UK cover travel to other Channel Islands?

No. The reciprocal health agreement between Jersey and the UK only covers travel between these two places.

 

If I already have annual travel insurance do I need to check this covers the UK?

While travel insurance is a personal choice, it is advised that you make sure you are covered for repatriation from the UK (specialised medical transport home) as this is often the most expensive element of any charges that may be incurred. 

Visitors from the UK to Jersey  

If I have to go to accident and emergency whilst visiting Jersey, will I have to pay?

No.  If you become unwell whilst in Jersey or if you have a condition which becomes a lot worse whilst you were there, you will be provided hospital treatment for free.

Will all treatment and care be free?

Urgent hospital treatment will be free, but like all Jersey residents you will need to pay for:

  • GP treatment
  • prescriptions
  • some types of medical equipment and supplies
If you are not well enough to travel back to the UK on a standard plane or ferry, and the hospital needs to make special arrangements, you will have to pay for this.
 

If I need emergency treatment for a pre-existing condition when visiting Jersey will it be free?

You will receive free urgent treatment for a pre-existing condition if your health deteriorates or has a risk of becoming severely worse visiting the Island (eg: asthma; diabetes; epilepsy) 

This does not include:
  • free on-going provision of services related to an existing treatment plan (eg: holiday dialysis). You will be required to pay for these services
  • free treatment for conditions for which you are awaiting treatment in the UK (eg: surgery) unless there is a major deterioration in that condition whilst you are are visiting Jersey

Can I pre-arrange to have an operation undertaken free of charge whilst I am visiting Jersey?

No. You will only receive treatment free of charge if you are taken ill when in Jersey. You will not receive free treatment for conditions that are non-urgent.

What if the urgent treatment I need cannot be provided in Jersey?

If you require urgent treatment that is not available on the Island, Jersey General Hospital will arrange for you to be transferred to the UK for treatment.  You will not be able choose the UK hospital you are transferred to - it is the responsibility of Jersey General Hospital to make that decision. You will not have to pay for the transfer.

Does the reciprocal health agreement between Jersey and the UK cover travel to other Channel Islands?

No. The reciprocal health agreement between Jersey and the UK only covers travel between these two places. Details of other reciprocal health agreements between the UK and other countries are available from the UK Department of Health. 

If I already have annual travel insurance do I need to check this covers Jersey?

While travel insurance is a personal choice, it is advised that you make sure you are covered for repatriation from Jersey (specialised medical transport home) as this is often the most expensive element of any charges that may be incurred.

 
 


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