Read a simple guide to accessing healthcare under the Treatment Abroad Scheme.
Consultant responsibility and the Treatment Abroad Scheme
The Consultant must fully complete the application form and provide sufficient information, giving details of the patient's medical condition, the type of treatment envisaged and the provider of treatment abroad.
Referrals must be on the basis of medical necessity confirmed by a clinical review of the patient, to the public healthcare system of another EU/EEA member state or Switzerland through the issue of model form E112 (IE). Therefore the consultant must be currently treating the patient and be filling in the application form on the basis of his/her medical opinion and not at the request of another member of his/her team or the patient.
Should a Consultant wish to make a referral abroad that is outside the TAS qualifying criteria, this will be a matter for the Consultant and the referring Hospital. In this case the CEO of the referring Hospital should be notified in consideration of the implications this may have from a hospital budget perspective.
A guide for Consultants in making application to TAS