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Health Services: Isle of Man

Volume 504: debated on Friday 29 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) for what reasons a UK military pension paid to a resident of the Isle of Man will not be deemed to be a UK state pension for the purpose of qualifying for free emergency admission to hospital when that person visits the UK after the end of the UK-Isle of Man reciprocal health agreement with effect from 1 April 2010; and if he will make a statement; (314205)

(2) if he will ensure that former members of HM Armed Forces resident in the Isle of Man in receipt of military pensions will continue to have free NHS hospital care when visiting the UK when they are subject of an emergency admission to hospital following the end of the reciprocal UK-Isle of Man Health Agreement on 1 April 2010; and if he will make a statement.

The National Health Service Charges to Overseas Visitors Regulations set out a number of exemptions to charging, regardless of where an individual resides.

Those serving in HM UK forces are exempt from all charges for NHS hospital treatment (including elective treatment). Those in receipt of a war pension or war widows pension are also exempt from all hospital treatment charges (including elective treatment). In addition, those in receipt of a UK state pension are exempt from charges for treatment the need for which arises during a visit to the UK.

The Regulations do not exempt other ex-service people on the basis of being in receipt of a military pension, but some specific services are exempt from charge to all persons, e.g. those provided in an accident and emergency Department.