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


The Cross Border Directive is a transformative initiative which allows residents of EU or European Economic Area (EEA) member states to avail of treatment for a range of medical treatments (including cataract) in any other member state. Under the Directive, Irish patients can seek full reimbursement for treatment costs, provided that they have obtained a valid Referral Letter from their GP or a public specialist. The Patient Care Team at Cathedral Eye Clinic are on-hand to assist Dundalk-based patients throughout each stage of the process, ensuring that all relevant documentation is submitted and criteria met. Whilst full reimbursement can be received for treatment costs, reimbursement will not be provided for related costs such as travel, accommodation and potential overnight stays in hospital. 

How to Qualify for the Cross Border Directive

In order to receive full reimbursement for treatment costs, Dundalk-based patients must demonstrate the following criteria:

  • 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

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Cataract Surgery Dundalk: Frequently Asked Questions

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

Dundalk-based patients seeking cataract treatment under the Cross Border Directive can make use of the following helpful 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