Cataract Surgery Cork - Cross Border Directive - Cathedral Eye Clinic

Are you an Irish patient in need of cataract surgery? Contact Cathedral Eye Clinic today to enquire about treatment cost reimbursement under the Cross Border Directive. Call us today on 01 431 1094 


Cataract Surgery for Cork residents under the Cross Border Directive now known as Northern Ireland Planned Healthcare Scheme


The Cross-Border Directive allows patients in Ireland to receive cataract surgery in other European Union or European Economic Area member states.  This transformative initiative allows patients from Cork and across Ireland to avail of cross border healthcare at our Belfast clinic and be fully reimbursed by the Health Service Executive (HSE). In order to be approved for the treatment, patients must receive a referral letter from their public GP or specialist (they must also qualify for the same treatment as a public patient in Ireland). After patients have completed their treatment at Cathedral Eye Clinic, payment will be made. Please note that CBD patients will not receive any reimbursement for travel costs or medicine that may be required after treatment. Through each and every stage of the Cross Border Directive process, dedicated staff at our clinic strive to ensure that all applicants meet the established eligibility criteria, including the completion of all relevant documents.

Qualifying for the Cross Border Directive

To qualify for reimbursement, patients must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Ireland;
  • Be entitled to public healthcare services in Ireland;
  • Not currently receiving benefits from any other EEA or EU member state;
  • Patients must travel abroad (to Northern Ireland) to receive treatment;
  • Patients must provide a referral letter from a public GP or specialist;
  • Patients must provide a copy of documentation proving that they are on a waiting list; and
  • Apply for reimbursement abroad (i.e. in the Republic of Ireland) post-treatment.

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FAQ for Cork Patients

Q. Who is eligible?
A. Anyone who is a public patient in Ireland (that is, anyone who is a resident of Ireland) is eligible. Private patients visiting a private GP or specialist will require a Referral Letter from a public GP or specialist.

Q. Who should apply for authorisation? What does it cost?
A. Only patients seeking inpatient treatment need prior authorisation. It is completely free to apply.

Q. Do I have to be on a waiting list to apply?
A. No, you may also apply for treatment abroad by asking your GP or treating physician to write a Referral Letter.

Q. How long does it take to be authorised for treatment abroad?
A. The authorisation decision is usually straight forward and can take from 1 day to (on the occasional circumstance) 15 working days.

Q. Which facilities can I get treatment from abroad?
A. Any public or private medical facility in an EU or EEA member state – including Cathedral Eye Clinic.

Q. Will HSE pay for my treatment upfront?
A. The HSE does not pay the treatment costs upfront, but reimburses the patients who have received prior authorisation for treatment abroad.

Q. Which costs are included in the reimbursement?
A. Only treatment costs are eligible for reimbursement. Accommodation, travel costs, and meal allowances are not included. In some cases, the cost of the hospital overnight stay is also not included.

Q. How much will I be reimbursed?
A. The maximum value of the reimbursement will not exceed the amount that the treatment would cost at a public hospital in Ireland. Prior to traveling, patients should find out how much their treatment abroad will cost and what their reimbursement rate will be.

Helpful Contacts

Those looking for laser eye treatment in Cork can contact the following organisations when applying under the Cross Border Directive:

  • The National Contact Point: This is the governing body which authorises inpatient procedures within the European Union, processing reimbursement on behalf of the HSE. Contact by email at [email protected], telephone at 056 778 4546, by mail at Cross Border Healthcare Directive Department, HSE Cross Border Directive, St. Canice’s Hospital, Dublin Road, Kilkenny.
  • The Health Service Executive: HSE’s website offers extensive information around application and reimbursement processes and other material around the Cross Border Directive.
  • Cathedral Eye Clinic: At Cathedral Eye Clinic, our expert Patient Care Team are on-hand to assist in finding specialists abroad, guiding you through the application and reimbursement process. Get in touch at [email protected] or give us a call on 01 431 1094.

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Are you an Irish patient in need of cataract surgery? Contact Cathedral Eye Clinic today to enquire about treatment cost reimbursement under the Cross Border Directive. Call us today on 01 431 1094