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Health: Isle of Man

Volume 718: debated on Monday 8 March 2010

Question

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To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the new healthcare arrangements for United Kingdom citizens resident on the Isle of Man for (a) all, and (b) part, of the year. [HL2115]

Under the National Heath Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations 1989, as amended, NHS trusts have a legal duty to identify and charge those overseas visitors to the United Kingdom, who are not exempt from charges, and to make and recover from them charges for their treatment.

As the UK’s reciprocal healthcare agreement with the Isle of Man will be ending on 31 March 2010, from 1 April 2010 visitors from the Isle of Man will be classed as overseas visitors and therefore may be liable to charges. In the case of a UK citizen resident in the Isle of Man, if no exemption applies, they too will be charged, as the NHS is a residency-based healthcare system. The full list of exemptions is contained on: www.dh.gov.uk/overseasvisitors