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UK to scrap reciprocal health agreement with Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has failed in its attempt to persuade the UK Government to overturn its decision to scrap the reciprocal health agreement with the Isle of Man.

Although, often thought of as part of the UK, the Isle of Man is actually a Crown Dependency, part of the British Isles but NOT the UK. The Island is self-governing, has its own parliament, own laws and own health service.

Under the present reciprocal agreement, visitors between the UK and the Isle of Man receive free NHS hospital treatment if they have an accident or are taken ill while in either country.

The Island’s reciprocal health agreement will end on 31 March 2010 and from the 1 April 2010, all visitors to the UK from the Isle of Man, or UK visitors to the Isle of Man, will require full travel insurance to cover medical expenses should they require hospitalisation and medical treatment due to accident or illness.

Last April, the UK Government ended its reciprocal health agreement with the Channel Islands.


After the 31 March 2010 visitors between the UK and Isle of Man will receive free treatment in Accident and Emergency departments or ‘walk in’ centres, however, admission to hospital and any subsequent health treatments, including operations must be paid for.

Thanks to Eddie of BADRA for pointing out my oversight.

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One thought on “UK to scrap reciprocal health agreement with Isle of Man

  1. Eddie Power

    Paula: As a resident of the Isle of Man can I just clarify something that you did put on the previous Jersey section of this story, just in case there is confusion, A & E and GP services are free to all here in the Isle of Man and the UK, it is only if you are Hospitalised for whatever reason accident or illness during your visit. Might i also point out that this was a UK Government decision, and something we here did not want. The reason given for Cancellation is that the UK felt they were not getting value for money. The cost to the UK is 0.0028% of its NHS budget, we have been fighting this very strongly and a number of UK MPs are still fighting, if anyone feels this is unfair or if they wish to travel here for whatever reason and because of age or health problems they cannot get travel insurance, can they please voice their views to their MP. Also former residency in either country does not mean you get free treatment, free treatment is only available in your country of residency.
    I hope that is clear.
    Eddie Power