Guernsey and Isle of Man health officials agree ‘in principle’ reciprocal healthcare agreement for the duration of the Air Bridge.
The final details of the agreement are being concluded as rapidly as possible and will come into force immediately upon approval by both jurisdictions.
Cover will be limited to the provision of emergency care only, along with any associated essential treatment required following an Emergency Department attendance. Upon launch, no charge will be levied to a Guernsey resident visiting the Isle of Man who requires treatment in their Emergency Department and no charge will be levied to an Isle of Man resident required Emergency Department care whilst they are visiting Guernsey.
Additionally, the agreement covers air ambulance transfer from the Isle of Man and Guernsey to the United Kingdom, should a patient need specialist off-island care. The agreement will not cover GP appointments, dentists or ambulance services which remain chargeable if they are required by an individual.
Travellers will still need travel and medical insurance to meet the costs of healthcare services which are not covered by the reciprocal health agreement, including repatriation.