Isle of Man Chief Minister Tony Brown, yesterday announced that the proposed withdrawal of the ‘Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement’ between the UK and the Isle of Man on 1 April, will now be postponed for a further six months.
The withdrawal of the reciprocal agreement means that Isle of Man residents visiting the UK may be expected to pay for the cost of some of the emergency healthcare provided to them. According to an Information Leaflet from the Isle of Man Government (February 2010) this ‘does not affect those patients referred for treatment to the UK by the Isle of Man Health Service. The Isle of Man Government strongly recommends that individuals take out insurance before travelling to the UK.’
“The campaigning work of local campaigners and Diabetes UK have fought hard to win this delay," said Helen Pattie, Regional Manager for Diabetes UK North West.
"The six-month reprieve is a minor victory as it will give people more time to organise their health insurance needs.
“However, people must be aware that repatriation costs are not covered during this six-month period. When the withdrawal is in effect, the changes will also affect many people travelling to the Isle of Man from the UK."
Diabetes UK recommends people to double check with their holiday company, Isle Of Man DHSS, or travel insurance before they travel.
For further information please contact: Isle of Man DHSS
Tel: 01624 642608