New HSE directive sees patients skip waiting lists

Patients have the right to travel to the North or any other EU country for more timely care - and the HSE must foot the bill

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
11th October, 2015
Brian Hayes: The HSE had created a barrier to patients’ accessing care

Small numbers of patients are availing of a new European directive that enables them to bypass hospital waiting lists by travelling overseas.

Just 50 patients had their healthcare costs reimbursed between the start of the year and the end of August under the directive, according to figures provided by the HSE.

Under legislation that was recently enacted, patients have the legal right to travel to the North or any other EU country for more timely care...

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