Written answers

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Department of Health and Children

Health Insurance

10:00 pm

Photo of Rory O'HanlonRory O'Hanlon (Cavan-Monaghan, Fianna Fail)
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Question 136: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the new reciprocal arrangements which will be put in place to facilitate Irish persons visiting Jersey, Guernsey and, after 1 January 2010, the Isle of Man and for citizens of those crown dependencies visiting here in view of the fact that citizens of the three islands will no longer be automatically entitled to treatment under the National Health Service; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [46137/09]

Photo of Mary HarneyMary Harney (Minister, Department of Health and Children; Dublin Mid West, Independent)
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There are no reciprocal healthcare arrangements in place between Ireland, the Channel Islands (which include Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark and Herm) and the Isle of Man. I currently have no plans to introduce such arrangements. Irish people visiting these islands should always ensure they have travel insurance to cover any medical treatment they may need.

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