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Health Services: Reciprocal Arrangements

Volume 506: debated on Tuesday 2 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much (a) the Government paid the Isle of Man government and (b) the Isle of Man government paid the Government for the cost of emergency admission to hospital and treatment under the reciprocal health agreement in each of the last 10 years for which information is available. (319988)

Under the current bilateral health care agreement, no monies change hands for emergency treatment provided in the United Kingdom, or the Isle of Man. An annual allocation (currently £2.8 million) is provided by the UK Government, to the Isle of Man Government, for additional elective treatment within the national health service.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what provisions will govern the exemption from charging of certain categories of UK residents admitted to hospital to receive emergency hospital treatment in the Isle of Man following the ending of the reciprocal health agreement between the UK and the Isle of Man; and if he will make a statement. (319989)

The exemptions that apply under the National Heath Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as amended, apply only to those accessing the national health service. As such, the exemptions do not extend to United Kingdom nationals accessing other health care systems, including the Isle of Man. Accident and emergency treatment will continue to be provided free of charge both in the UK and the Isle of Man.