Health advice for the Channel Islands
The Channel Islands is a group of islands located close to the French coast of Normandy, comprising Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and some smaller islands. The largest islands are Jersey and Guernsey.
Although agriculture and tourism are very important to the islands’ economies, Jersey and Guernsey have grown to become major offshore financial centres. Expatriates are attracted to the islands by low taxation, beautiful scenery, friendly populations and a pleasant climate, which is milder and has more sunshine than the UK mainland.
The Healthcare System
Guernsey does not have a reciprocal health arrangement with the UK and the European Health Insurance card is not accepted there. Private Medical Insurance plans are available to individuals and companies on the Channel Islands. The schemes are often tailored versions of UK domestic or international PMI plans, including unique benefits to meet the islanders’ specific requirements such as cover for GP Fees, prescriptions, dental cover, ambulance costs and transportation costs to the UK mainland (or Europe) when treatment is unavailable on the Islands.