Troops ‘will suffer’ if cross-border healthcare scheme is scrapped

Programme is used by rank-and-file members of the defence forces who cannot afford private health insurance to get hip and knee operations in the North, PDForra warns

16th December, 2020
Troops ‘will suffer’ if cross-border healthcare scheme is scrapped
About 250 members of the defence forces have received treatment or been referred for it in the North under the cross-border scheme. Picture: Getty

Defence Minister Simon Coveney has been warned that rank-and-file troops will suffer pain if a key cross-border healthcare scheme is scrapped due to Brexit.

Up to 5,000 people travel every year from the Republic to the North for heavily subsidised treatment to avoid long waiting lists for procedures in their local hospitals. The costs are covered under the EU’s cross-border healthcare scheme.

The scheme has also been used by rank-and-file troops who cannot afford...

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