How to apply

Contact the Treatment Abroad Scheme Office to have the form sent to you. This application must be completed by you and your Irish based referring consultant and accompanied by a referral letter from your consultant.(See Terms and Conditions for further information)

The application and referral letter must be submitted to the HSE TAS Office in sufficient time as to allow assessment and decision prior to the patient travelling abroad. The decision making process is estimated at 15 to 20 working days following the receipt of a fully completed application and suitable referral letter. Only information pertaining to the estimated date for issue of a decision can be provided by TAS office staff.  TAS office staff are not permitted to give confirmation of a decision before issuing the decision letter to the applicant. 

The following link provides a workflow of the application once received in the HSE TAS office

Approval, where granted, is for specific medical treatment as per the referring Consultant’s evidence provided and the submission of a completed application form. Requests for additional treatments or associated examinations or consultations which may arise while visiting the foreign facility will not be considered or included in the payment to be made by the HSE. Any costs associated with such additional treatment, or associated examination or consultation availed of will be the responsibility of the applicant.

In some cases patients may need subsequent visits to the accepting hospital abroad. These subsequent visits will need a new application form.

Where a decision is made to refuse an application, the patient/applicant is informed of the reason and provided with a copy of the appeals process.

Residents of Counties/Referrals From Hospital: Contact Telephone No:
Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow,  056 778 4548
Cork, Kerry, Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, Waterford, Meath 056 778 4059
Galway, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo, Cavan, Monaghan, Louth 056 778 4554
Paediatric Patients of: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin; Children’s University Hospital, Temple Street, and The National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght 056 778 4553
Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary 056 778 4593
Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, 056 778 4059