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.