HSE's cross-border care obligations explained

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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

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

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 getting...

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