That's a little pedantic Eno, and overlooks the reality of the situation. If you're in Jersey and require an unexpected visit to the Doctor, you need the money sitting in your pocket. If you don't have money to spare, you ain't getting an appointment.
Despite us being a rich island, there are still people around who find themselves in the positions of having to avoid or delay visits to Doctors because they simply don't have the cash to spare when the need arises.
In the UK, you can walk into a medical centre and get seen by a Doctor that same day, without paying one single penny. You may want to say that service isn't free because it's paid for by taxation, but for the people who are using it without having to check their wallet upfront, it is "free".
Not sure why you consider my observation pedantic and immediately take up a defensive stance. All I was pointing out that the service in the UK is not free. For the person on £100 a week, they get clobbered £11.00 a week (£572 a year) for the privilege of getting "free" doctors visits. A UK resident would have to visit the doctor more than 9 times (going by my doctors rate) before he starts benefiting when compared to the Jersey system. They also get charged for prescriptions and more than likely have to pay the same for dental care, as we do, as NHS dentists are as rare as chickens teeth.
For the record you can get a doctors appointment on the same day in Jersey and don't have to have the money to hand. I've done this on many occasions. They send me a bill. Maybe you are not using the right doctor and should consider changing. In general I get seen by the doctor on time or at least within 10 minutes and usual the appointment will last 30 minutes. When I had cause to take my seriously ill "late" father in law to see his local doctor in the UK, we waited for over an hour and were only accorded 10 minutes of the doctors time.
I am also sure that it is against a Doctors ethics to refuse to see someone just because they don't have the money to hand. Most if not all will accommodate people paying as they can if the appropriate arrangements are made.
The Jersey system isn't without it's fault, we all know that. But the grass isn't necessarily greener in the UK.
I can see my karma rating (whatever it means) taking another negative hit.