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Travel Watch guide to UK travel after 1st April

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Our friends at Travel Watch Isle of Man have produced a leaflet on travel to the UK after March, on termination of the reciprocal health agreement. Please click here to read or download.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 13:38

Abrogation - is it an Option?

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Reports of our very well attended public meeting entitled "Abrogation - is it an Option?" held at the Manx Legion on Monday 1st February 2010.

Your view on the Common Purse Agreement

Last Updated on Monday, 22 February 2010 10:48

Event Suggestions

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Thanks to the many people who attended and made our last meeting such a success. For the last year we have seen a steady rise in attendance.

Details of our next meeting will be provided here when available.

Please look through our previous events list where you will find more information and the odd recorded presentation.

We welcome all to suggest themes for our coming public meetings.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 June 2011 23:34

Tynwald give leave for Karrans bill

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House of Keys voted unanimously on Tuesday 2nd February to give Peter Karran leave to introduce his Bill on an alternative to the Reciprocal Health Agreement after some grudging remarks from the Minister for DHSS. Let's hope that the block vote is not used to unecessarily delay the nations urgent need.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 13:37

MBWS: Inadequacy of existing insurance policies in the wake of the RHA termination

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At the Manx Blind Welfare Society we have done a huge amount of work looking at different available policies for our blind and partially sighted members, many of whom are elderly and have pre-existing medical conditions. They have been extremely worried, particularly in the light of limited and in some cases conflicting information.

What concerns us particularly at present is that some Tynwald members are extolling the virtues of "available and affordable" insurance policies which cover pre-existing medical conditions.

However, those we have examined have a maximum cover of £10,000 if you are over 80 (limited age cover 89) and £20,000 under 80 if you pay an additional premium.  With ITU beds costing hundreds of pounds a night and the cost of specialist drugs sometimes running into thousands in the case of stabilising a heart attack, we feel this amount of cover could be totally inadequate in the case of major health problems.

If you had a serious road accident and needed limbs rebuilding you could be in hospital for weeks, as this type of expertise would just not be available on the Isle of Man.  It would be an unthinkable situation to have an elderly person in ITU for days, not only seriously ill but worried out of their mind when they realise the hospital costs are way over the cover of their insurance.

We urge everyone to read the small print in insurance policies and ensure there is adequate maximum cover.  With some you have to stay a minimum number of nights; others don't include staying with relatives; some don't cover pre-existing medical conditions or, as mentioned above, some don't provide what we feel to be adequate maximum cover.  We hope sense will prevail and that Tynwald will provide an umbrella insurance, both affordable and with sufficient maximum cover so that the worry will be taken away for the Island's residents.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 14:21

PAG calls for live coverage of RHA debate

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Today in the House of Keys Peter Karran is seeking 'leave to introduce' a Bill to establish "a scheme of health insurance cover for Isle of Man residents while they are visiting the UK and for UK residents while they are visiting the IOM; and for connected purposes". PAG hopes that this will be an open vote and transmitted live on radio so that the nation can hear exactly what Mr Karran's proposal is and their own MHKs attitude to it.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 14:21

Cessation of the Reciprocal Health agreement: Liberal Vannin view

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LVP have made a video outlining their view:

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 14:24

The reciprocal health agreement - the Chief Minister disappoints again

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 The Chief Minister must have known for approximately 18 to 20 months that the reciprocal health agreement was coming to an end and yet, apart from a rather lethargic flurry of half hearted posturing in the dying days of the agreement, he has appeared to lack both interest in the problems its loss raises, or ideas about how they might be ameliorated, particularly for those for whom the impact will be the greatest and most worrying. His limited utterings on the subject have been fairly perfunctory and can be boiled down to the following ' the agreement is lost and there is nothing we can do about it so you will just have to look after yourselves'

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 March 2010 14:24

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