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New Health Access Scheme

08 December 2020

​Local GPs have worked with the Government on a new scheme to provide subsidised fixed costs for General Practice visits for up to 12,000 people.

The Health Access Scheme will mean those who are receiving Income Support or Pension Plus are able to receive the care they need at reduced rates with children in income support households receiving free surgery appointments.

The new scheme will start on Friday 11th December and letters will be sent to eligible families and individuals over the next few days. There is no need to apply.

GPs have agreed fees across practices in support of the scheme to help reduce costs and patients will still be expected to pay a small fee to their practice, which has been set by Government.  A number of GP Surgeries have already signed up with more joining the scheme over the coming weeks.

GP prices under the Health Access Scheme are:

• Children 16 and under - Free (surgery and telephone consultations)
• GP surgery / telephone consultations - £12
• Nurse surgery / telephone consultation - £9
• Health Care Assistant surgery consultation - £6
• GP home visits - £30 (16 and under £20)

More details are available on

Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin said: “It is great to be working in partnership with GPs around the island and I would like to thank them for their hard work in getting this scheme delivered.  

“This year has been especially challenging due to the impact of COVID-19 which makes it even more important to help provide affordable health access for these groups.  This was a key Government Plan commitment and I’m really pleased we have been able to deliver this ahead of time.”

Dr Gordon Callander said: “GPs across the Island have always strived to provide the best quality care to their patients regardless of their financial situations. We are delighted that barriers between patients and GPs are being addressed so those in need of support will have improved access to the care they need.

“We are looking forward to working with Customer and Local Services and the Health department to ensure everyone receives the high-quality care they need and deserve.”

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