REMOVE TRAVEL PAYMENT TO ENGLISH HOSPITALS FOR OPERATIONS

We are paying much out to get people to England for an operation that we cannot perform here, which is fine getting the operation but should we not look at meeting halfway at this. ?

I believe many going for these operations can afford the cost of a plane or boat fare themselves.

By them paying for this then we may get more patients operated on by this saving and thus bring down the massive waiting list Nobles has at present.

Matbe we can do deals with other Hospitals over there for passing operations to them so it could be a tender type system ?

Or we could just save this travel money to meet this new government target.

Yes there may be many who cannot pay this and so we means test them and allow the costs for those that cannot afford the travel costs.

It would still bring down massive outgoings that we pay.

One Ramsey man told me that a Liverpool hospital performed 29,000 operations on Manx people recently as the surgeon there told him !

Why the contribution is important

This idea is important as it meets many problems we have at present which are government spending and also hospital waiting lists.

by orlando55 on April 05, 2017 at 12:09PM

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  • Posted by Manxcat April 05, 2017 at 12:22

    Maybe, for elective surgery, but inappropriate when under medical care - we should instead be reducing Nobles costs and improving the quality of medical services on-Island by ceasing to trybto have such a wide-ranging scope, instead having more specialist procedures done off-Island, the cost of transport for ambulatory persons being less than maintaining soecialist facilities here.
  • Posted by ntaverner April 05, 2017 at 16:55

    I used to live in England and my children used to have fairly regular specialists appointments in London, hundreds of miles from where we lived. We didn't get any support with travel costs, so I'm not sure why these are funded for all off-Island appointments here. In particular couldn't the taxi costs be met by patients unless they are actually disabled (permanently or temporarily)?
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