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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 


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


An EU-wide Directive that applies to all EU and EEA member states, the Cross-Border Directive allows Irish patients (including residents of Limerick) to avail of cataract surgery, north of the border and be fully reimbursed through the Health Service Executive (HSE). Payment is processed prior to treatment, after which a full reimbursement for treatment costs will be covered by the Health Service Executive (HSE). It is important to note that reimbursement will not be offered for related costs such as travel, accommodation and stays in hospital. 

CBD Cataract Surgery: How to Qualify

In order to qualify for treatment cost 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

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Why Choose Us?

Established by Professor Johnny Moore in 2008; clinical excellence, quality care and patient safety have been long-established as our guiding tenets. Patients across Ireland continue to place their trust in us due to our breadth of experience around the treatment of cataracts. See below for five reasons why Cross Border Directive patients choose us:



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 Treatment for Limerick Patients: 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

Limerick patients seeking treatment under the Cross Border Directive can make use 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