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Axa PPP urges Islanders to consider health insurance

Axa PPP Healthcare is urging Channel Islanders visiting the UK to ensure they have appropriate health insurance in place after the UK decided to withdraw access to free NHS care for Islanders.

Following the UK’s decision to withdraw access to free NHS care from residents of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, Axa PPP healthcare International manager Karen Teasdale says visitors should be aware of the risk of costly medical bills when in the UK should they fall ill.

The decision, implemented on April 1, means Islanders will now have to pay themselves – or make sure they’re covered – if they need surgery, hospital treatment, consultations or repatriation from the UK.

The NHS will, however, continue to provide limited A&E services only without charge as well as pay for planned operations for Channel Island residents in UK hospitals where their health authority has an agreement in place with the UK hospital.

Teasdale says: “People should make sure they have adequate healthcare cover to avoid being personally liable for expensive healthcare costs should they fall ill and need treatment in the UK. If they haven’t, they should make arrangements to bridge the gap in cover.”

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