Means Test Patient Transfer Payments

The payment of the costs of travel and accommodation when referred to a UK hospital should be means tested so that payments are only made to patients who could genuinly not attend without some sort of financial assistance. The administering of this benefit should move to the Social Security team in Treasury, who have the necessary skill and information and who should use money directly from the NI fund. 

 

Why the contribution is important

When the system started discounts from the travel providers funded this service but now the full costs of administration lies with the DHSC. Changing this system to a "benefit" would reduce costs and allow third party organisations to provide the service in a more cost effective way. 

The savings from this change should be put nito a ring fenced fund which gives grants to reduce the need to travel for treatment. 

by Norbert on July 15, 2018 at 08:45PM

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  • Posted by Nicola2IOMGov July 18, 2018 at 12:24

    During visits to UK Hospitals over the last 18 years I have noticed that many of the other patients are not Manx born. Because of their age a high percentage of them will have paid National Insurance in the UK. Shouldn't that be researched so that the UK can bear part of the cost of the treatment ?

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  • Posted by NCarter August 05, 2018 at 09:10

    So elderly Manx people, who have contributed all their lives, should have to pay again to receive treatment?
    With the changes to NI legislation last year, will those who pay (paid) in the UK now be treated differently?
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