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Patients travelling to UK for operations do not need travel insurance 15 October 2008

During the morning Mandate programme on Wednesday 15th October 2008, it was stated that once the Reciprocal Health Agreement with the UK comes to an end, patients referred to the UK for surgery by the Department of Health and Social Security will need to have travel insurance in place. The inference could be drawn that this would be difficult for them because they would have a pre-existing condition. This statement is completely incorrect and may well cause alarm and distress to patients referred to the UK. The Department has made it very clear that the ending of the Reciprocal Agreement will NOT affect those referred to the UK. They will NOT require travel insurance to cover any health care needs whilst in the UK for treatment, nor will they have to pay for their treatment.

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