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Bermuda residents to get cheap NHS care

Regional 24 May, 2023 Follow News

Bermuda residents to get cheap NHS care

The Bermuda government has recently signed an agreement with the UK government which will allow all Bermudan residents, regardless of their nationality, to obtain NHS healthcare at a far more reduced rate than what they must currently pay. In addition, up to five Bermudan residents per year will be eligible for free NHS care, for procedures such as organ transplants or long-term psychiatric care. This, according to Bermuda’s Friday 19th May Royal Gazette. The agreement comes into effect on 5th June.

Bermuda’s Health Minister is quoted in the paper as saying that the agreement allows five treatment slots per fiscal year on the NHS for Bermuda residents where the treatment cannot be provided or is not appropriate to be provided in Bermuda. The cost of treatment will be covered by the UK government. Ancillary costs, such as transportation and accommodation, will have to be paid by the patient and their insurer. The referral for the treatment must come from a specialist and will be discussed with the appropriate senior medical officers of Bermuda.

In addition, all Bermuda residents will also be able to get treatment in the UK at vastly reduced costs. Currently, all visitors to the UK (even if they are British non-UK residents) have to pay for their NHS treatment when they are visiting the UK.

Anyone legally resident in Bermuda will qualify for the free or reduced-rate treatment, regardless of nationality, and which includes status holders, Permanent Residency holders and work permit holders.

Ayoola Oyinloye, Bermuda’s Chief Medical Officer, is quoted:

“This arrangement is for necessary healthcare, and for any clinical and cost-effective treatment option not provided in Bermuda… I am delighted to announce that an unlimited number of Bermuda-eligible persons may be referred to healthcare providers in the United Kingdom for a pre-authorised course of treatment, at 100 per cent of the NHS tariffs instead of the 150 per cent to 200 per cent obtainable in the past. This increases the options for affordable, high-quality healthcare services for Bermuda.”

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