Written answers

Thursday, 28 November 2019

Department of Health

Treatment Abroad Scheme

Photo of Peter BurkePeter Burke (Longford-Westmeath, Fine Gael)
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153. To ask the Minister for Health the status of an application by a person (details supplied). [49522/19]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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The HSE is responsible for the operation of the Cross-Border Directive and under the terms of the Directive there is a National Contact Point (NCP) in each Member State. The NCP for Ireland is located within the HSE's CBD office. A key function of the NCP here is to facilitate exchange of information for patients regarding their rights and entitlements to receive healthcare in another Member State, in particular the terms and conditions for reimbursement of cost and the procedures for accessing and determining those entitlements.

Under the terms of the Cross-Border Directive it is the responsibility of the patient to make the arrangements for any treatment they wish to receive in another Member State and it is therefore not possible to assist the patient directly in the sourcing of treatment in the UK.A patient may wish to contact the NCP in the UK if seeking additional information relating to treatment available and alternative locations for the particular treatment. Contact details for all NCP's are available from the HSE's NCP on its website - - and also by phone and email.

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