A new reciprocal health agreement is signed in the IOM

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The Isle of Man government has signed a new reciprocal health agreement with the UK.

It means Manx people travelling in the UK are still able to receive free hospital care.

Had the agreement ended, Manx residents travelling to the UK, would have needed health insurance.

The original agreement came to an end in April 2010 but the island was granted a reprieve until the end of September 2010.

Main points of agreement

  • Manx residents visiting the UK will receive free NHS treatment if they become ill whilst in the UK.
  • UK residents visiting the Isle of Man will receive free NHS treatment if they become ill whilst in the Isle of Man.
  • No payments for treatment will be made to the Isle of Man by the UK, nor by the UK to the Isle of Man
  • Each party to the Agreement can give 12 months notice of termination.

Chief Minister Tony Brown, Health Minister David Anderson and Anne Milton MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Public Health signed the document on Thursday.

Chief Minister Tony Brown said: "The signing of a new Reciprocal Healthcare Agreement between the Isle of Man and the UK is very welcome news for the people of the island and for visitors to our shores.

"A lot of people have worked hard to make this happen."

Repatriation is not covered by this agreement and the IOM Department of Health strongly recommends people who travel off the Isle of Man should still make sure that they have insurance.

The health agreement does not affect patients who have been referred to a UK hospital by their consultant in the Isle of Man.

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