Reform Jersey delivers on its promise of affordable healthcare by 2021
We are delighted that States members have voted to adopt Deputy Geoff Southern’s proposition, which commits the government to making primary healthcare, including GP visits, affordable for vulnerable patients. This is the first step on the way to delivering a primary care system which is free at the point of delivery.
There is no doubt that the current cost of a GP consultation prevents many patients from seeking treatment promptly. Short-term spending on prevention and early diagnosis now will reduce costs in the long term.
“In all my 18 years in the States, the provision of free GP visits is the most important move we could make to improve the health and wellbeing of our population,” says Deputy Southern, “and I am proud to have to have seen this through”.
Reform Jersey is committed to ensuring that this Council of Ministers becomes a government of action. The adoption of this proposition will ensure that action will be taken so that vulnerable patients will see reduced costs from January 2021 onwards.