Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Questions (923)

Robert Troy


923. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Health the possible reimbursement routes for a person (details supplied) who has had emergency surgery carried out privately in view of the lengthy waiting list for a public procedure in the circumstances. [14086/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

There is no statutory scheme for the reimbursement, by the public health system, of the cost incurred by an individual for private healthcare carried out in Ireland.

Should the individual concerned hold private health insurance cover, they may wish to contact their insurer to discuss possible terms of reimbursement for the procedure.  

The Government is committed to improving waiting times for hospital appointments and procedures. The National Treatment Purchase Fund (NTPF) authorises public hospitals to offer outsourced treatment to clinically suitable long waiting patients who are on an inpatient/day case waiting list for surgery, having been referred on to such a list following clinical assessment by a consultant/specialist at an outpatient clinic.  NTPF authorisations are made in respect of the longest waiting patients first.