Healthcare on the Isle of Man
Residents of the Isle of Man enjoy comprehensive healthcare which is free at the point of contact. The Isle of Man National Health Service (NHS) provides a full range of services, from hospitals and specialists to district nursing and social care.
When relocating to the Island, new residents should register with a General Practitioner in the area where they live. There are 14 GP practices across the Island with an average of 1900 patients per GP.
Patients from the UK who are temporarily resident here, on holiday or working for a period less than 3 months are able to register with a GP. Temporary residents from the EU or further afield may be charged for seeing the GP. The Manx Emergency Doctor Service (MEDS) provides back-up when the GP practices are closed.
Hospitals & Acute healthcare
Acute healthcare is provided at Noble's Hospital just outside the capital Douglas. It is a modern well-equipped facility which offers comfort, dignity and privacy. When necessary, patients are referred to commissioned specialist centres in the North West of England, as well as care in community settings such as GP services, nursing, dental care, and mental health services.
The ambulance and paramedic services provide free pre-hospital emergency care and transport for the population of the Isle of Man.
The Department of Health and Social Care is responsible for providing social care services for adults, children and families, residential homes and supporting those with learning disabilities. The Department is responsible for the delivery of public health protection and improvement services such as screening and vaccination programmes, and monitoring disease/illness prevalence.
Pharmacies and dispensing chemists are available across the Island, with at least one outlet in each town and village. They are routinely open between 9am -5:30pm with a duty rota for each geographical area during evenings and weekends. A nominal dispensing fee is charged for prescription medicines, drugs and appliances. No prescription charge is payable for contraceptives.
General Dental Services offer check-ups and all necessary treatments. Charges are normally payable (though some groups, including children under 16, are exempt). There are also a number of private dental clinics across the Island where residents can register and pay for treatment. The majority run private insurance payment plans.
The Isle of Man has a reciprocal health agreement with the UK but no other countries. The reciprocal health agreement provides free emergency healthcare when visiting the UK and for visitors to the Island. Residents are encouraged to have adequate travel insurance to cover healthcare costs and medical repatriation when travelling off island, including to the UK.
The European Health Insurance Card does not apply in the Isle of Man which is not part of the European Union or European Economic Area.
There are a number of private healthcare centres on the Isle of Man and many options for residents to choose private services over NHS.
At Noble's Hospital there is a Private Patient Unit which has been purpose built to offer comfortable and peaceful environment to a high standard.