The Isle of Man (IOM) government has signed a new reciprocal health agreement with the UK which will enable the residents of Manx to receive free hospital care, while travelling in the UK.
If the agreement had ended, Manx residents travelling to the UK, would have needed health insurance . 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 9th September.
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.”
The agreement does not cover repatriation and the IOM Department of Health strongly advises people who travel off the Isle of Man to 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.