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Reciprocal Health Services: Elderly

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the effects on the health of elderly people of the termination of the reciprocal health agreement with the Isle of Man; and if he will make a statement. (286704)

The Department has not yet given formal notice on the bilateral agreement between the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man but it has informed the Isle of Man of the intention to do so. As the termination of the agreement has not yet been formalised, neither the UK nor the Isle of Man has confirmed which treatments will be chargeable to tourists after the termination of the agreement. However, the Department will recommend private travel insurance for tourists, as it does for all travel outside the UK. Given the wide availability of travel insurance, termination of the agreement is not expected to have a significant adverse effect on any group of the population, including the elderly.