No subordinate legislation is required to give effect to the decision to end the reciprocal healthcare agreement between the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man. The UK Government agreed a one year notice period with the Isle of Man Government to end the agreement, double the six months notice period contained within the agreement.
The UK Government have committed to working with the Isle of Man Government to carry out a review of the ending of the reciprocal healthcare agreement with the Isle of Man. The review will take place around six months after the agreement ends and will address any unforeseen consequences, including access to insurance. Accident and emergency treatment will continue to be free.
(2) with reference to paragraphs six and seven of the Minister of State's letter of 22 January 2010 to the co-chair of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly, under what agreement or authority (a) all UK pensioners visiting the Isle of Man who have lawfully lived in the UK for 10 continuous years will receive free emergency hospital treatment and admission and (b) there will be no variation in such provision following the termination of the reciprocal health arrangement; and if he will make a statement.
Free emergency hospital treatment will continue to be afforded to visitors to the United Kingdom from a country with which the UK has a reciprocal healthcare agreement. This provision does not extend to those visiting the Isle of Man, given that is not part of the UK.
The exemption from national health service charges for UK pensioners who have previously lived in the UK for 10 continuous years, under the national heath service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as amended, applies only to UK pensioners visiting the UK. It does not apply to UK pensioners visiting destinations outside of the UK, including the Isle of Man.