UK health cover in place soon

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A MEDICAL insurance scheme to protect islanders from large bills if they fall ill while in the UK is in line to be launched this year.

Employment & Social Security president Deputy Michelle Le Clerc. (Picture by Adrian Miller, 20112775)

However, in an update to the Assembly on Employment & Social Security’s work, president Michelle Le Clerc admitted the delayed disability and inclusion strategy was unlikely to go before the States until the end of 2018 at the earliest.

‘The committee have been in discussions with an insurance provider following the completion of the tendering process during 2017,’ said Deputy Le Clerc.

‘The outcome of this is that we’ll be bringing a recommendation to the States in the next few months to implement a new form of insurance scheme, which will protect islanders from large medical bills should they fall ill while travelling in the UK.

‘The intention of the scheme will be to target those who would struggle to obtain medical insurance for travel in the UK, due to prohibitively high costs. The scheme would be funded through the Guernsey Health Service Fund, initially on a trial basis, and more details will be available when the policy letter is published at the end of March.’

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