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Fees & Prescriptions

Everyone who normally lives in Guernsey, Alderney, Herm or Jethou and has been registered for the payment of Contributions at the Social Security Department is covered towards a health benefit grant and reduced prescription charges.

Health Benefit

Health Benefit is the name given to grants paid towards the cost of medical consultations. The grants apply to consultations with an approved doctor in the surgery, at home, in the Primary Care Centre and A & E at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital.  Grants are also available for consultations with an approved nurse in the surgery.

Children, including babies are covered if they normally live in Guernsey, Alderney, Herm or Jethou and at least one parent or other adult with whom the child normally lives is registered for the payment of Contributions.

To be able to claim Health Benefit, every member of your household must have his or her own Health Benefit Card. To apply for a Health Benefit Card, please contact the Social Security Department Department.

Please note: Sark residents are not entitled to Health Benefit.

For more Information on Health Benefit please refer to the leaflet below.

Specialist Health Insurance Scheme

Everyone who normally lives in Guernsey, Alderney, Herm or Jethou and has been registered for the payment of contributions at the Social Security Department is covered by the 'Specialist Health Insurance Scheme' and so may receive specialist care and treatment free of charge. Children are covered if at least one parent or other adult with whom the child lives is registered for payment of contributions. Sark residents are not covered by the scheme.

The scheme covers specialist medical consultations, treatment, and procedures provided by the Medical Specialist Group (MSG) and visiting medical consultants in Guernsey and Alderney. It also covers hospital in-patient, and MSG referred physiotherapy and therapy provided by the Primary Care Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.. It does not cover cosmetic surgery, assisted reproduction (IVF) or sterilisation (unless there is a clinical need), Dentistry or GP consultations, or treatment at the Accident and Emergency Department or Primary Care Centre.

Private Specialist Treatment

Patients who choose to see their Specialist privately or as a non-contract patient will be responsible for meeting both the specialist's medical fees and full private charges made by the Health and Social Services Department, in respect of Victoria Wing accommodation or as a private patient on a general ward. They will also be charged separately for physiotherapy treatment and the services of the Radiology and Pathology Departments. Following your operation or other treatment you will be visited daily by your consultant and/or other members of the team, to ensure your recovery is progressing well. This will entail a single daily clinical care fee which covers these visits and provides a specialist to be available should you require alterations to your treatment.

For information on Consultants charges please contact the Medical Specialist Group Accounts Department on 238565.

For information on Hospital Charges please contact the HSSD Finance Department on 725241.


This residence-based benefit covers the cost of prescription drugs and medicines apart from a standard prescription charge.
Prescription charges for up to a maximum of 28 days supply of each item are payable to the Pharmacy or dispensing doctor.

Persons exempt from prescription charges:

  • Persons who have proof that they are 65 or over.
  • Persons in receipt of Supplementary Benefit.
  • Persons covered under the Medical Expenses Assistance Scheme.
  • Persons in receipt of Severe Disability Benefit.
  • Persons in receipt of a Certification of Exemption.
From 01.01.2015 the prescription charge per item is £3.40
Up to 31.12.2014 the prescription charge per item is £3.30

N.B. The prescription charge does not cover the doctor's fees for consultations or for writing the prescription forms.

Social Security Department

Social Security Department,  Edward T. Wheadon House,  Le Truchot,  St Peter Port,  Guernsey,  GY1 3WH,  Channel Islands
Tel: 44 1481 732500 Fax: 44 1481 732501
Email: enquiry@ssd.gov.gg

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