What is the Cross Border Healthcare Directive?
Ireland is bound by the EU, Cross Border Healthcare directive.
Any Irish citizen who is on a waiting list for treatment can access this health service abroad in another EU state, such as Northern Ireland.
The cost of this health service will be refunded by the HSE. You will need a referral letter from your GP, consultant or another clinical professional.
Which health services can be accessed?
Some of the services that can be accessed include psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.
This may be a good option for a person living close to the border with Northern Ireland.
The service you wish to access must be publicly available in Ireland.
How can I access these services in another E.U. state?
If you want to access treatment abroad you need to fill out a form, get a referral letter and send it to the HSE.
You will get approval in approximately 15 working days.
Important: You must pay for the treatment up front and can then claim back the costs.
There is a special invoice available from the HSE for this.
Ensure that you have prior approval before paying for treatment abroad.