CICRA asks Islanders their views on primary healthcare

| August 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Channel Islands Competition and Regulatory Authorities (CICRA) is seeking views from patients on the quality, cost, accessibility and value for money of primary healthcare in Guernsey.

The results of the Island Analysis survey will form part of the Primary Healthcare Market Review (PHMR) currently being conducted by CICRA.

The survey was launched online last week and has already had more than 600 responses. If a broad cross-section of the population is not represented by online responses the survey will also gather responses by telephone and face-to-face.

The PHMR will cover the range of services routinely offered through GP practices in Guernsey including appointments, vaccination and healthcare programmes together with out of hours services and the accident and emergency services provided under contract at the Princess Elisabeth Hospital.

The aim of the review is to identify if there are aspects of the primary healthcare market in Guernsey which are not working in the best interests of islanders.

It will examine the structure of payments, funding and incentives currently in place and will take into account charges to patients, income from medical insurance, any grants and subsidies available to patients and the cost to the States of providing either direct funding or other support and resources.

CICRA director, Louise Read, said: “A key aspect of our review of primary healthcare is the opinion of islanders. We have commissioned the survey of 1,000 people, from all walks of life,and are seeking their views and experiences of primary healthcare to help inform our thinking and shape our final report which we expect to publish before the end of the year.”

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