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.