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Public face £35 million charge for health care

Public face £35 million charge for health care

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Public face £35 million charge for health care

Wednesday 22 April 2015

Islanders will have to pay £35 million in charges or Social Security by 2019 to fund the growth in health spending, ministers have confirmed.

Although they are refusing to label the new charge a 'health tax' they are planning either major increases in charges for hospital services, or another increase in the Social Security contributions that we pay out of our wages.

The £35 million in extra charges is one part of the package of measures revealed yesterday to fill the £130 million black hole in public finances that ministers say is likely to grow. The rest will be made up of £60 million from workforce savings – most likely a pay freeze and major redundancies from the £1m-per-day States workforce – or £25 million worth of cuts to benefits and services.

That black hole is partly down to a shortfall in tax receipts compared to what the previous Treasury Minister had predicted, and partly down to increases in spending – the Health department is due to get another £47 million on top of the £198 million per year that they already spend.

Treasury Minister Alan Maclean said that he had ruled out suggestions for an increase in GST that would be 'ring-fenced' to pay for healthcare.

“It would be too easy for someone to come along and break that ‘ring fence’,” he said.

“Underpinning all of this there has to be a big debate about how we are going to deal with this additional investment in health.

“As far as the Health department is concerned, we need significant additional funding to make the necessary investment.”

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Posted by Sarah Ferguson on
For a start we need to look at how countries like Singapore and New Zealand organise their healthcare.
Posted by Trevor Collenette on
A dilemma indeed. Either children and grandchildren will pay increased Social Security contributions to support the ill and elderly or there is a distinct possibility of hospital services being priced out of the reach of some/many. I know what I would prefer however I doubt the working population will take kindly to what will be seen as another/increased tax!
Posted by david forde on
So will the previous economics minister be held accountable?? Will he hell. Please don't tell me politicians even know that word!
Posted by Havelock Jones on
Are they going to start charging people just off the boat for their medical treatment - including having babies?
Posted by bob carter on
Perhaps the brilliant Mr Ozouf would like to publicly explain how he managed to steer us into this fiasco. JERSEY with £130000000 BLACK HOLE you have got to be really rather special to achieve that.
Posted by June OKeeffe on
There is no black hole, Ozouf is getting this money for the new hospital building that he quoted for but then the public have been told it is double that now, so he is looking for us to pay for his stupidity again. Do you know of the reputation that the government in Jersey has in the UK and overseas because they have no idea what they are doing apart from upsetting the working people of this island. another mess Ozouf
Posted by One Crapaud on
We're heading for our very own NHS type fiasco. Underfunded, under performing and not fit for purpose - yet we're told we have to carry on throwing money at it. I wonder if it would be cheaper to consider a different approach - wherein everyone gets private health insurance?
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