This means that anyone travelling from Guernsey to the UK or vice versa must pay the full cost of all necessary health care. The Pediatric Dental Service provides a special dental service for preschool and school-aged children with special needs. The service offers a dental check for children during their 3-year-old developmental check-up and also at the age of 5, 10 and 12 years at school, as well as an oral health promotion program. There are 3 general practice partnerships within Guernsey with a series of operations. Visits to family doctors must be paid for directly or through health insurance systems. Health partnerships include: Healthcare Group Guernsey, Queen`s Road Medical Practice and Island Health. Grace and David Rihoy, both 78, who live in Northamptonshire, visited relatives in Guernsey and ended up paying nearly $800 in health insurance for Ms. Rihoy, who has cancer. This temporary health agreement between the two dependencies on the self-managed British crown will only apply for the duration of the air corridor between the two. It also includes further medical care and air ambulance transfers from the islands to the United Kingdom. The average life expectancy at birth is 80 years, slightly more than in the UK. Guernsey countries spend more on health and social assistance than in any other sector of government, reflecting the high level of such services on the island and the emphasis placed on ensuring healthy living.
A problem of discrimination must be resolved before the island can sign a mutual health agreement with the UK, says the Guernsey Ministry of Health. In January, Member States will debate a proposal by MP Jan Kuttelwascher to invest part of the $2.7 million allocated to tourism and marketing in the cost of a new health agreement. Travellers still need travel and health insurance to cover health costs that are not covered by the mutual health agreement, including repatriation. Similar agreements with the Isle of Man and Jersey were also agreed in April 2009. This meant that islanders could receive free health care under the National Health Service during a visit to the UK, and the same would be true for UK residents when they visited the island. HEALTH officials in Guernsey and the Isle of Man have agreed “in principle” to establish a mutual health agreement between jurisdictions while the airlift is in service. Will Guernsey consider a return to mutual agreements, as Jersey did after its initial release? In the meantime, I think a visit to Guernsey is not an option for many people. In particular, boaters do not tend to buy annual travel insurance because they spend all their time and money on their boats, so I think you miss a big market, especially people on the south coast, who can travel by ferry without problems even during winter breaks.