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UK health care agreement finished

A reciprocal health agreement which allowed people in the Channel Islands to receive free medical treatment while in the UK has come to an end.

Now islanders must pay for some aspects of treatment.

Although a visit to a hospital accident and emergency unit will be free, any further treatment must be paid for.

However, people who have previously lived in the UK for more than 10 years and plan to return there within five years will be exempt from charges.

The reciprocal health agreement between the UK and the Channel Islands was introduced in 1976 but has been terminated because it was not deemed to offer value for money for the British taxpayer.

Islanders are now being advised to take out private health insurance if they plan to visit the UK.

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