Users to the Emergency Department pay a basic 'Attendance, Assessment & Advice Only' fee, which is tiered according to the time they attend.
In addition to this basic fee, one of four defined tiers of 'Consultation Fee' will be added to the total service fee incurred by a user if specialist treatments/procedures are required. The categories reflect the different levels of resource that are required to effectively manage the healthcare issues presented by an ED user and might range from a simple bandage, to a very complex support care package, for example in respect of treating the often multiple clinical care issues relating to the effective treatment of a road traffic victim.
This charging structure puts in place a set fee (determined by one of the four Consultation Fee categories), which covers the cost of all the treatment an ED user requires.
Upcoming changes to children's services
- In August 2020 the States approved changes to family allowance in order to introduce certain health and education related subsidies for children up to the age of 18 years old. This includes revised charges for primary care:
- The charge for a visit to the GP will be £25;
- The charge for a visit to a practice nurse will be £15; and
- The charge for a visit to the Emergency Department will be £25;
- Children up to the age of 18 will also be entitled to one free dental check-up per year. A dental education programme will be implemented across all schools including pre-school, primary and secondary schools.
- These changes are due to be implemented from 1 January 2022.
- More information is available here.