Travel insurance: Isle of Man healthcare agreement axed

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

People planning a holiday to the Isle of Man will now be required to take out travel insurance before visiting the island after ministers failed to renew a reciprocal healthcare agreement.

It seems the deal - which meant visitors and residents had access to free medical treatment whether they were in the UK or the Isle of Man - will end on March 31st.

A statement on the Visit Isle of Man tourism website confirmed the island would no longer be covered by the UK NHS and stated that - except for immediately necessary and emergency treatment which does not require admission to hospital - visitors who require treatment "will be expected to pay for it".

Chief Minister Tony Brown told a press conference on his return from his meeting with UK Health Secretary Andy Burnham last Tuesday (January 19th) that it was 'impossible to assess' the impact of the ending of the health deal on the island's tourist industry.

Posted by Noel Martin

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