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


A transformative initiative which applies to all European Union and European Economic Area (EEA) member states.  The Cross-Border Directive allows patients from Galway and any other location in Ireland to avail of cataract surgery at our Belfast facilities and be reimbursed the full treatment cost by the Health Service Executive (HSE).  The application process to receive cross border healthcare is relatively straightforward, with our Patient Care Team on-hand to assist patients throughout each stage of the process.  In order for Galway eye patients to qualify for the scheme, individuals must receive a referral letter, from a GP or specialist.  Patients must qualify for the same treatment as a public patient in the Republic of Ireland.  Following the upfront payment for consultation and surgery, Galway based patients can claim full reimbursement through the Health Service Executive (HSE).  Please note, however, that Galway based patients will receive no reimbursement for related costs such as travel, meals, accommodation and overnight stays in hospital. 

How Galway Patients Can Qualify

To receive reimbursement, patients must:

  • Reside in Ireland;
  • Be entitled to public healthcare;
  • Not receive benefits from any other EEA or EU member state;
  • Travel abroad (ie. Northern Ireland) to receive treatment;
  • Receive a referral letter from a GP or public specialist;
  • Submit a letter demonstrating they are on a waiting list; and
  • Seek reimbursement abroad (i.e. in the Republic of Ireland) after payment has been processed.

How the Cross Border Directive Works

Hear from some of Our Cross Border Patients

Why Choose Cathedral for Cataract Surgery in Galway?

Cathedral Eye Clinic is the most advanced eye surgery facility on the island of Ireland, providing Galway patients with unparalleled levels of expertise, comfort and care. Since we were established in 2008, we have strived to assemble an experienced team of local Consultant Ophthalmologists, Patient Care Nurses and Optometrists. See below for five reasons Galway cataract patients trust Cathedral:


High Quality Care Pathway

A safe, comfortable and caring patient journey - from your first phone call to your final assessment.

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Unrivalled Comprehensive Expertise

Experienced consultants and industry-leading eyesight treatment, using Ireland’s most advanced laser technology.

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Success Stories & Outcomes

Incredible results and lives transformed. We specialise in bringing our patients’ worlds into focus.

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Simple Payment Options

Clear, unambiguous payment plans to suit all budgets - because we believe everyone deserves clear vision.

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Cataract Surgery for Galway Patients Under the Cross Border Directive: FAQs

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 seeking cross border healthcare in Galway can avail of the following useful contacts:

  • Cathedral Eye Clinic: Our expert Patient Care Team can assist you in finding specialists abroad, guiding patients through each stage of the application and reimbursement process. Get in touch at [email protected] or give us a call on 01 431 1094.
  • The Health Service Executive (HSE): HSE’s website provides detailed information and advice around the Cross Border Directive.
  • The National Contact Point (NCP): The NCP processes all reimbursements on behalf of the Health Service Executive. 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.

Find Out More

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