Sunday May 31, 2020

HSE's cross-border care obligations explained

New EU legislation means Irish patients can go anywhere in the EU for medical treatment – and the HSE must foot the bill

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

21st June, 2015
Michael Evans, who lives in Co Monaghan, only found out about his rights under the directive when he picked up a copy of this newspaper last weekend

This summer, 76-year-old Maura Duggan will travel to Northern Ireland to get a hip operation. She is getting this done in a private hospital, but Ireland’s HSE is footing the bill.

Duggan, who lives in Cork, was told she would have to wait about 18 months to get the operation in a public hospital in Ireland.

“To me, this wait time felt unacceptably long for a patient who is suffering each day and is...

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