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Health: Channel Islands

Volume 711: debated on Wednesday 3 June 2009

Questions

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what advice they are giving to United Kingdom residents intending to visit the Channel Islands about making provision to meet the cost of urgent healthcare during their stay; and by what means such advice is disseminated. [HL3898]

Following the end of the bilateral healthcare agreement, the department recommends that all United Kingdom residents intending to visit the Channel Islands take out private travel insurance. Preceding the end of the agreement, the department ran a wide communications campaign in national, local, and online press to deliver this message.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many patients ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom received urgent healthcare on the Channel Islands; and what was the cost to the United Kingdom Exchequer in the past three years. [HL3899]

The department does not have data on the total number of United Kingdom residents that were treated in the Channels Islands under the bilateral healthcare agreement. One of the reasons the UK gave notice on the agreement was due to a lack of robust data underpinning the business case. Due to a perceived imbalance in the number of visitors being treated by both parties, under the agreement the UK provided the Channel Islands with an allocation to fund clinical referrals to the UK. This allocation totalled around £11 million over the past three years.