Cross Border Healthcare

Please note the HSE Cross Border Directive can not be used to access drug therapies that are currently not provided for in the public healthcare system in Ireland or to access clinical trials abroad

The HSE operates a Cross-Border Healthcare Directive (CBD), for people entitled to public patient healthcare in Ireland who want to avail of that healthcare in another EU/EEA* member state under Directive 201/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2011 on the application of patient’s rights in cross-border healthcare, as per the procedures set out in governing EU Regulations and Directives and Irish legislation. A private outpatient appointment in the Republic of Ireland may not be used under any circumstances to exercise rights for the purposes of reimbursement under the provisions of the Cross Border Healthcare Directive. The attendance of a private appointment in Ireland deems the patient a private patient and not a public patient for the purpose of provisions the Cross Border Directive.

Please ensure that you have taken out appropriate insurance while travelling abroad including outlining to your insurer that you are travelling abroad to obtain health treatment.

*Switzerland have yet to complete the process to have the Directive apply to them.

It is free to apply for the HSE Cross Border Healthcare Directive. Anyone asking for money is not connected with the HSE.


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