Introduce an Isle of Man Social Security Health Card

Introduce a Social Security Health Card to all island residents who fulfil certain criteria. ref:

This would not affect the Reciprocal Health Agreement with the UK but would mean that others would be limited to emergency and urgent treatment only. .>If you need  emergency treatment that can't be provided locally, the hospital may arrange  for you to be transferred overseas. In such cases, you won't able to choose the hospital you're transferred to and all transfers relating to non-emergency treatment will be charged for.​

​You will also have to pay for:​

  • GP treatment

  • prescriptions

  • some types of medical equipment and supplies

  • certain travel arrangements (eg repatriation)

  • on-going services for an existing treatment plan (eg holiday dialysis)

  • treatment for pre-existing conditions you're awaiting treatment (eg surgery) unless there is a major deterioration in that condition while you're visiting Jersey ​​


Why the contribution is important

  • This would restrict healthcare and social security benefits to those who have been resident and working on the island for at least 6months.
  • This would encourage non-residents to take out Health Insurance
  • Raise money and reduce expenditure.
  • Would not affect those requiring urgent treatment or children or have a disease.
  • Has been trialled in Jersey, so can be used as a template.

by madeleine on April 15, 2017 at 09:47AM

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  • Posted by dpfellows April 15, 2017 at 12:21

    A very straightforward step - I'd like to see this combined with one source of 'unitary' data on all residents throughout the PS which would be owned by the individual and accessible to all departments to avoid the duplication and triplication needed now and the risks of different data being held by different departments - another potential saving which links into yours.
  • Posted by DragonX April 16, 2017 at 15:10

    Both are Great ideas
  • Posted by ninjadispenser April 17, 2017 at 11:45

    We are advised that,despite the reciprocal agreement,to take out health insurance if holidaying in England, in case of hospitalisation that goes beyond emergency care,so is it the same for folks who come here?
    Reading the proposal, I think it is well worth looking in to and see what pros and cons Jersey have found so it can be 'tweaked' here. Incidentally,I know of quite a few visitors who have cottoned on to our lower prescription charges and in the summer,they bring their English prescription with them and cash it here and save over half the price per item!
  • Posted by Leon May 09, 2017 at 14:34

    Please explain why adding another layer of bureaucracy which would probably need extra staff to initiate and monitor would save money?
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