A new Reciprocal Health Agreement will come into force from 1st January 2023. At that time, it will enable residents from each jurisdiction to access medically necessary healthcare free of charge whilst they are visiting the other jurisdiction, if that treatment cannot wait until the individual returns to their home jurisdiction.
This means that UK visitors will be able to access healthcare required during a trip to the Bailiwick (including Alderney), whichever island they visit. It will also mean that all Bailiwick of Guernsey residents can benefit from the RHA when visiting the UK.
Guernsey Deputy Peter Ferbrache, President of the Policy & Resources Committee, said:
“The new arrangement will bring great benefits to residents of both the Bailiwick and the UK, making travel easier in both directions for family, business and leisure purposes. This is great news that the new arrangement has been secured and is the result of a lot of hard work from many in both jurisdictions over the years to investigate and negotiate the new RHA with the UK.”
Guidance notes on the new RHA are being developed in collaboration with UK Government’s Department for Health and Social Care to inform residents, visitors and healthcare providers on the detail of the new arrangements. There will be further announcements when these guidance notes are published later in 2022, prior to the new RHA coming into force on 1st January 2023.