Wednesday, 3 March 2021

Questions (939)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

939. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Health if those in receipt of a UK pension are eligible to avail of the Cross-Border Directive; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11868/21]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Prior to the 1st January 2021, UK pensioners residing in Ireland who had accessed healthcare under the EU Cross Border Directive were required to have their healthcare costs reimbursed by the UK as this was a requirement of the provisions of the EU Cross Border Directive. As a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU, the provisions of the EU Cross Border Directive no longer apply to the UK. Therefore, as of 1st January 2021, for UK pensioners ordinarily resident in the State, Ireland became responsible for the reimbursement of healthcare costs arising from accessing healthcare under the EU Cross Border Directive in another EU/EEA Member State.