Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Questions (228)

Niamh Smyth

Question:

228. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Health the length of time it is taking for patients to receive back payment after using the cross-border directive scheme for surgery; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [28337/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The HSE is responsible for the operation of the Cross Border Directive and the management of the HSE Cross Border Directive (CBD) office is an operational matter for the HSE. I have, therefore, asked the HSE to respond directly to the Deputy.

It should be noted that the numbers of persons availing of the Directive has been increasing steadily for a number of years with a corresponding increase in the workload for the CBD office. I am aware that the HSE is currently considering a business case, and other interim steps, to address issues which have arisen with regard to the processing of reimbursements.