More demand for cross-border healthcare at end of 2015

Claims submitted to the HSE almost doubled in the last quarter of 2015

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
20th March, 2016
People are travelling to the UK and further for medical attention Pic: iStock

The number of claims submitted to the HSE by patients who have sought their healthcare in other EU countries almost doubled in the last quarter of 2015.

Some 153 patients applied for reimbursement under the Cross-Border Healthcare directive, which allows patients to bypass waiting lists in Ireland by travelling to the North and elsewhere in Europe.

Under these rights, which were fully transposed into Irish law in February 2015, people can travel to another EU country and...

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